Thatscricket - News - Lanka police arrest Ranatunga for assault
Published: Wednesday, March 7, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Colombo: Sri Lanka's cricketing legend Arjuna Ranatunga was arrested by police on his return from a charity match in Kenya on Wednesday and taken before a magistrate, police said.Ranatunga was arrested after he surrendered to a local police and a magistrate ordered his release on Rs 55,000 ($ 647) bail bond with an order to appear in court in a week to answer charges against him.Earlier, Colombo magistrate Kusala Weerawardena remanded Ranatunga's brother, Prasanna, and four of his staff over an alleged assault on high school students in Friday. The order follows an incident on Friday in which Rantunga, his politician brother and security guards at their residence allegedly beat up a group of students who had hit a cricket ball into the grounds of the family home.Seven students, aged 16 to 18, were hospitalised. Six of them have been discharged. One of them remained in hospital with head injuries.