A drunk man shot at a waiter in a Connaught Place dhaba for refusing to eat leftovers on Sunday morning, police said.
The attacker, Rajesh — who owns a small chhole-bhature stall — had reached Jain Dhaba, near Shivaji Stadium at 6.30am, an hour after the eatery opened at 5am.
The 27-year-old and his two friends were reeking of alcohol when they reached the dhaba and ordered a parantha each.
“After having a few bites, the trio decided to leave their food as it was and asked Monu, the waiter who had served them, to finish the food so that it didn’t go waste,” said a police officer.
The 24-year-old waiter declined their offer politely, telling them that he would take care of the leftovers and that they didn’t need to worry about the food going waste.
The men insisted that he have the food in front of them as they had demanded, triggering a quarrel. An incensed Rajesh, a resident of west Delhi’s Uttam Nagar where he runs his own food stall at a weekly market, took out a .32 bore pistol.
“Rajesh fired twice at Monu, who fortunately escaped unhurt because he ducked each time. In the meantime, Rajesh’s friends Vishal and Sahil fled the scene. But Rajesh was overpowered by the eatery’s staff before the local beat constable arrived and apprehended him,” the officer said.
Rajesh was arrested and a Santro car and the .32 bore pistol with two live cartridges used in the incident were found on him.
A case under the Arms Act and that of attempt to murder has been registered at the Connaught Place police station.