Police arrested a shopkeeper and his assistant on the charge of spraying boiling oil on customer at Salt Lake on Thursday morning.
Prakash Jalan, the accused shop keeper and his assistant Bhola were arrested from their shop on Thursday morning soon after the incident. The injured customer was sent to a private hospital. He was admitted there in a critical condition.
Police learnt that some people were consuming tea at Sharma Tea Stall at CF Block. The tea stall is popular among the local residents as many people generally gather there for a chat among themselves over a cup of tea.
On Republic Day morning on Thursday, many customers gathered there for consuming tea and snacks. An idli-dosa seller was passing the road at that time. Some customers called the idli-dosa seller and ordered food from him.
Infuriated with the entry of the idli-dosa seller in front of their shop, Jalan and Bhola started to beat him up and injured him.
The local residents and customers tried to stop Jalan and his assistant, but they were also beaten up. Jalan took the 'wok' and poured boiling oil on a customer.
"Jalan and Bhola fled there. Later, we arrested them on the basis of complaint lodged by the injured customer," said a police officer. Police learnt that the accused were residents of Bihar. They had even had gone to police lock up.
"The idli-dosa seller generally passes from Sharma tea stall. But he does not stop in front of the shop, but he was called up by some customer there," said a police officer.
The owner of the shop was called up at the police station. "Jalan and Bhola run the business only. But the owner of the shop was another man. We called him up," said a police officer.