Thatscricket - News - Ranatunga may face arrest for assault

Published: Tuesday, March 6, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Colombo: Sri Lankan cricketing legend Arjuna Ranatunga could face arrest on his return from playing a charity match in Kenya for allegedly beating up students who hit a cricket ball into his family home, police said on Tuesday.Police said it wants to question Ranatunga and his politician elder brother Prasanna in connection with Friday's alleged assault on the group of students aged 16 to 18.Police chief Lucky Kodituwakku has ordered an impartial inquiry into the incident and the arrests of those responsible for the assault that resulted in the hospitalisation of seven students.Ranatunga's father, Reggie Ranatunga, the Food Minister in President Chandrika Kumaratunga's Cabinet, denied his sons had beaten up anyone.Minister Ranatunga said the students had used foul language towards his wife and tried to damage a wall to the family home during their attempts to retrieve a cricket ball that the children had played into the compound adjoining Asoka College.The College was shut indefinitely on Monday as thousands of students took to the streets denouncing Arjuna Ranatunga. The Education Ministry stepped in meanwhile to try to defuse the tension with Education Minister Susil Premjayantha visiting the injured students in hospital.Ranatunga, the former captain of the national cricket team and the man who led Sri Lanka to victory in the 1996 World Cup, left for Kenya after the incident to take part in a charity match to help victims of India's Gujarat earthquake.

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