A middle-aged worker of a roadside eatery in central Kolkata, who was pushed into a vessel of steaming curry by an angry customer on Sunday, died at a city hospital on Thursday.
The 42-year-old Lalan Singh lived by himself in Kolkata and worked at the eatery located close to the Kolkata Police headquarters at Lalbazar. The police sent word of his death to his family members at Muzaffarpur in Bihar.
Mohammad Zakir, who flung Singh into the steaming gravy following a tiff, was arrested. A local and a real estate broker, Zakir used to frequent the eatery.
The incident took place on Sunday evening when Zakir, after having been served a meal, threw a fit over the quality of the fish curry. He soon got into a heated argument with Lalan, who served him the meal.
However, Zakir broke off after raging at the worker and sat down to dinner. After finishing his rice, he ordered rotis. However, Singh, who was upset over the brawl, refused saying that rotis would take a long time to make. Zakir flew off the handle again and got into a scuffle with the worker. Singh soon tipped over into the vessel in which the eatery owner was busy stirring steaming vegetable curry.
“Lalan received severe burn injuries in his stomach, face and leg. He was admitted to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital. However, he succumbed to his injuries this morning. We’ve informed his family members in Bihar,” a police officer said. On Sunday, the Hare Street police booked Zakir for creating a ruckus and causing grievous injury. He was arrested on Monday and got bail later that day.
However, Lalan’s death on Thursday, the cops charged him with culpable homicide not amounting to murder and put him behind bars again. He was remanded to judicial custody for seven days.