Suresh Raina and Bollywood celebrities arrested by Mumbai police: What happened?

In a shocking development, retired Indian cricketer Suresh Raina and dozens of people were arrested by Mumbai police on Tuesday on the charges of violating the COVID-19 norms. 

According to reports, Mumbai police had conducted a raid at the Mumbai Dragonfly club near the Mumbai airport and it came to light that there was a series of violations of COVID-19 norms as they had put the guidelines on air. Following the revelation, the police had arrested 34 people including Suresh Raina, Bollywood celebrity Sussanne Khan, and renowned singer Guru Randhawa and all the arrested were booked under the grounds of violating COVID norms. 

Mumbai police said that 34 people were booked under section 188 Disobedience to order duly promulgated by a 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, 34- acts done by several persons in furtherance of common infection of IPC.

Along with some celebrities, the arrested people include seven staff members of the Mumbai club. The senior officer of the Sahar police station said cricketer Suresh Raina and others were arrested and booked for violating the norms. Later, they were released on bail. According to reports, the mass arrests were made after a raid at Dragonfly pub after the management kept the pub open beyond the permitted time by violating the COVID-19 norms issued by the government. 

On Monday, the Maharashtra government had declared a night curfew in the municipal corporation as a precautionary measure when the new Coronavirus strain had triggered global concern with Britain being the epicenter for the strain, pushing several nations to close the borders for the UK by suspending the flights to and from the Kingdom. 

The Maharashtra government has imposed severe restrictions ahead of the New Year and Mumbai has completely brought under these restrictions from December 22 to January 5. Raina had on August 15 announced his retirement from the International Cricket, hours after MS Dhoni and being regarded as one of best players of all time, Raina (34) would be representing his home state of Uttar Pradesh in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, that will commence on January 10. He is also working to promote the sport for youths in Jammu and Kashmir for which he traveled the union territory recently and met the administration.