Murdering a man for refusing to serve tea, a couple killing their landlord for abusing their new born or an ex-prisoner murdering his neighbour for not giving food have become invitations to murderous rage in the city.
According to Delhi police statistics, 17% of the total murders reported in 2011 were over trivial issues. Out of 543 cases of murder registered in 2011, at least 93 were over trivial issues.
The latest incident of a man attacking another man over a trivial issue of denying ice-cream has once again highlighted the fact that short-fused Delhiites lose their cool easily.
Ravi Raj, an 18-year-old waiter, suffered gunshot injuries in his thigh after a private security guard fired in the air from his double barrel gun following an argument over the issue of denying ice-cream. The incident took place in the wee hours of Saturday during a wedding ceremony in west Delhi.
Raj, a resident of Baljeet Nagar in central Delhi, was working as a waiter of the private catering company hired by the bride’s family for a wedding function at a banquet hall in Mundka.
According to a police officer, the victim was busy attending guests when the security guard, Hari Om, 32, who was standing near the banquet hall entry gate, asked him to get ice-cream.
“Raj paid no attention to his repeated requests. This infuriated Hari Om and he fired in the air to intimidate the victim. Some splinters of the bullet hit Raj in his thigh, seeing which Hari Om fled. He was arrested later,” the officer said.
A case under sections 336 (endangering life or personal safety of others) and 27 (Arms Act) was registered at Mundka police station against Hari Om, who is from Haryana.