An argument over who would be served first left a 27-year-old tech graduate from Bengal dead and his fashion designer friend, a resident of CR Park, seriously injured in south Delhi early Monday.
At around 4am, Shailaja Roy, a BTech from Siliguri in West Bengal, and Sidhartha Roy, also 27, drove down to a parantha shop near New Gurdwara on the main Govindpuri road for a quick bite, said the police.
They were in the middle of the meal when two men arrived and forced the vendor to serve them first. "The friends were waiting for the paranthas, when the two men, who were drunk, accused them of staring and abused them," said a police officer, who didn't wish to be identified.
An argument followed and the two men — identified as Vijay and Chetan Chaudhary — left but came back within minutes. Armed with batons, they attacked the two friends, who collapsed, and fled, said the officer.
The two were rushed to Aiims, where Shailaja was pronounced dead. Sidhartha, who works in his sister’s boutique, is admitted to Batra Hospital. The police tracked the two after Chaudhary's picture, taken from his admission form, was identified by Sidhartha. Vijay, a resident of Jalandhar, works with a BPO. Chaudhary is unemployed.