Sri Lankan Minister Arjuna Ranatunga arrested after his guards opened fire on protestors

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COLOMBO: Sri Lankan Petroleum Minister Arjuna Ranatunga was on Monday arrested after his guards opened fire on protestors on Sunday. One person was killed in the firing

“Colombo Crime division arrested Ranatunga over the shooting incident and he will be produced in court shortly,” police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said.

After President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday declared that the Cabinet had been dissolved with the appointment of new PM Mahinda Rajapaksa a day earlier, members of trade unions linked to the new PM had blocked ministers from the old cabinet from entering their ministries. When Ranatunga tried to enter his office, his security guard opened fire in which one person was killed and two were injured.

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