Police said that eyewitnesses were not coming forward fearing attacks by non-Cabinet Minister Mervyn Silva`s son Malaka, accused of attacking Chaminda Senasinghe, brother of UNP provincial councillor Sujeewa Senasinghe, at a restaurant down Duplication Road Thursday night.
Although over a dozen people, including the staff of the restaurant, had seen the attack, they had declined to implicate Malaka, who had figured in a series of brawls including assaulting an officer of the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) at My Kind of Place, police said.
A senior police official said that a German woman who had been in the company of Senasinghe, a Sri Lankan professional, who had recently returned from the US, at the time of the incident would be able to shed light on the circumstances leading to the clash.
Apart from Malaka, about ten others had allegedly set upon the victim following an argument over the German woman.
`Investigations have revealed that they were private security men`, senior DIG Jayantha Wickremaratne said, dismissing speculation that Ministerial Security Division (MSD) police personnel may have also been involved in the fracas.
The possibility of MSD involvement in the brawl gained currency because of previous instances where policemen assigned to Ministers were found providing security to their offspring as well, particularly aggressive brats who run berserk.