A former Sri Lankan cabinet minister and a close ally of the former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been arrested in connection with a road accident that happened in 2016.
Mr Patali Champika Ranawaka was arrested today evening by the Sri Lankan police.
Two days ago, the wife and children of Mr Ranawaka's wife were abducted at midnight and released by the Sri Lankan police in the morning.
A police spokesperson claimed the driver's wife and children voluntarily got in to a police vehicle at midnight and were released the following day.
Mr Ranawaka belongs to the extremist Sinhala Buddhist party, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU).