The incident took place when the cricketer-turned-politician visited the CPC office, with several Ceylon Petroleum Corporation workers objecting to his presence at the office.
When Ranatunga entered the building the supporters of the new prime minister Rajapaksa took exception to him visiting the office and shouted slogans.
When they were not allowed to move out, shots were fired which injured three persons. Unconfirmed reports said that two of Ranatunga’s security personnel have been arrested. Ranatunga is a supporter of Wickremesinghe who was sacked by Sirisena. Wickremesinghe holds his sacking was illegal and unconstitutional. Earlier in the day, Parliament’s Speaker Karu Jayasuriya recognised Wickremesinghe as the country’s prime minister.
is facing a political crisis after President Sirisena sacked prime minister Wickremesinghe on Friday, and appointed former strongman Rajapaksa as the new prime minister.
A new caretaker government is expected to be sworn in on Monday.
In his first address to the nation after the dramatic events of Friday night, Sirisena said Wickremesinghe was sacked due to his “arrogant” behaviour, and asserted that Rajapaksa has been made the new premier in strict accordance with the Constitution.