A 47-year-old manager of a popular salon in Slave Island, Colombo had been murdered at Muttiah Road in Slave Island last night, Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera said.
He said the victim could have been killed due to a dispute that took place with a group of youth in the area.
SP Gunasekera said that a gang of five men aged between 17 and 24 had allegedly harassed a woman and the manager near the salon at Slave Island.
The manager defended the woman which has led to an argument with the youths. They had assaulted the manager and fled.
“Afterwards, the manager accompanied by the woman had followed the group in a three-wheeler. When they caught up, the men had attacked the manager again, this time fatally,” SP Gunasekera said.
“He was pronounced dead on admission to the hospital,” he said.
The fleeing suspects were caught by a group of airmen and were handed over to the Slave Island Police who took them into custody.
The Police also recovered an iron rod which had allegedly been used to assault the victim.
The suspects were identified as residents of Polgasowita, Kandy and Slave Island. They were to produced in the Fort Magistrate’s Court today.