Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The investigation of the brawl involving Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy's son Nikhil Gowda, 19, at a hotel here in the early hours of Thursday has hit a dead end with the hotel authorities and staff "not being forthcoming about the incident."

The hotel authorities, who had lodged a complaint that three unidentified youths ransacked their premises and assaulted employees, are not coming out with further details after learning that one of the youths involved in the brawl was the Chief Minister's son, highly placed sources in the police told The Hindu on Friday.

"Unless the injured hotel staff identify the attackers, it will not be possible for us to initiate action. The general manager of Hotel Empire International, K. Junaiz, has not named anyone in his complaint," the sources said.

"The media hype over the incident, and also the disclosure that the Chief Minister's son was involved in the brawl, has frightened them. They are apparently not keen on pursuing the matter. But once the heat is off, we will talk to the hotel employees and get the details," the sources said.

Referring to reports that the fracas has been captured on the hotel's closed-circuit TV, the sources said that the cameras were not working at that hour.

"Nikhil and his two friends Manjunath and Syed will be called for questioning soon. We have also sought the medical certificates of all those injured in the incident," they said.