Onion shortage is making people see red these days. A roadside vendor in Etah district of Uttar Pradesh was shot at on Monday because he did not garnish a customer’s omelette with onions, while another was beaten for using radish instead.
Eyewitnesses said eight youths came to a roadside vendor’s stall on Sunday evening and ordered omelettes. One of them, Hemant Khurana, a hardcore criminal, started abusing the vendor, Deepu Kashyap, and complained his omelette did not have onions.
Khurana then pulled out a country-made pistol and fired at the vendor who slumped to the ground after the bullet grazed his forehead. The accused, however, fled from the spot. On Kashyap’s complaint, an FIR has been filed against Khurana and his accomplices at Aliganj Police Station. Kashyap was taken to the Aligarh Medical College, where his condition was said to be stable.
In a similar incident at Railway Road, a vendor and two of his customers were injured when they exchanged blows over the ingredients in chaat.
The customers, Aslam Farid and Ravi, were angry because the vendor, Ramesh, put radish instead of onions in the snack. Ramesh has filed a complaint with the police against the duo.
An official at Dhanipur Mandi said at least 450 quintals of onions were needed daily for ‘reasonable’ prices. But currently only 50 quintals were coming from various places, with almost no supply from traditional suppliers, Nashik and Indore.