Former Indian player Suresh Raina was arrested in a club raid in Mumbai after having violated COVID-19 safety protocols.
Former Indian cricket player Suresh Rain was among the 34 people who were arrested in a club raid done by the Mumbai Police. He had been included among those who had been arrested after having been seen to go against the social distancing norms of the club. So far, he was already released after having bailed.
India was among several countries who were on high alert for COVID-19 after London has seen a new strain of the virus. With that, the Maharashtra government announced that there will be a night curfew within their jurisdiction between 11 PM and 6 AM. The said curfew was implemented on Monday and the arrest was made at about 3 AM on Tuesday at the Dragonfly Club.
His case was filed by the Mumbai Police under sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 269 (whoever unlawfully or negligently does any act which is, and which he knows or has reason to believe to be, likely to spread the infection of any disease dangerous to life), and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention).
Explaining Raina’s side, his management said, ‘Suresh was in Mumbai for a shoot which extended to late hours and was invited by a friend for a quick dinner post the same prior to him taking his flight back to Delhi. He was not aware of the local timings and protocols’.
‘Once pointed out, he immediately complied with the procedures laid out by the authorities and regrets the unfortunate and unintentional incident. He always holds rules and laws laid down by governing bodies with the highest regard and will continue to do so in the future as well’, the statement added.
Last August, it may be recalled that he left the IPL bio-secure bubble in the UAE and went back to India due to personal reasons. It took place after he had announced his formal retirement along with MS Dhoni. He was also supposed to play for the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL but it did not push through after he had backed out. To learn more about the said league, visit Betwala.
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