Former Indian batsman Suresh Raina was arrested by the Mumbai Police outside a club for flouting the COVID-19 rules. The all rounder along with the singer Guru Randhawa was arrested around 2:30 am at night for breaching the social-distancing norms imposed in the state.
Raina was arrested alongside 34 others under the charges of various criminal codes but also released on bail after some hours. The incident happened outside the Dragonfly Experience club causing a ruckus leading to the arrival of the police.
The 34-year-old was in Mumbai from the last few days for a shoot and after the completion of his work, he headed to the club situated near the airport.
Maharashtra government has set some strict protocols between December 22 to January 5 in ordet to curb the spread of coronavirus.
“It is a violation of government instructions because the government has asked them [people] not to party beyond a certain time, so they have violated that rule,” Manjunath Singe, deputy commissioner of Mumbai Police told ESPNcricinfo.
“They were taken into custody and left immediately on bail.” he added.
Mumbai Police booked Raina and 34 others under sections 188 and 269 of the Indian Penal Code and section 38 of the Mumbai Police Act. On his defense, Raina said he was not aware of such rules imposed in the city and hence one thing led to another leading to his arrest.
Last week, Raina was named in the probable squad of Uttar Pradesh for the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy starting January 10.