Hotel owner in Delhi shot dead over bill dispute

New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) A 62-year-old restaurant owner was shot dead by four unidentified assailants late on Monday night after a spat over the bill turned into a scuffle, police said.

According to police, Pappu Vasudeo Masand, who ran a Sindhi eating house in Lajpat Nagar’s Central Market area in south Delhi, was shot dead around 11 p.m. after the dispute with the four persons.

“The brawl started over a bill of Rs.1,085, which according to the four persons, was overcharging. Soon it turned ugly when one of the customers abused the hotel owner, following which the eatery owner slapped one of them,” a police officer told IANS.

“The four left the eatery after paying the bill but returned after half an hour with a gun and fired four rounds at the hotel owner of which two hit him in his chest,” the officer added.

Masand was taken to Jai Prakash Narayan Trauma Centre where doctors declared him dead.

A police officer said that their personnel deployed in the area noted the registration number of the white car in which the four people had arrived and an investigation is on to identify them.

Police are also looking for the CCTV footage of the area.

The body has been sent for autopsy and a case of murder has been registered at the Lajpat Nagar police station.

A team of officers had also been sent to Uttar Pradesh’s Noida to get details of the vehicle in which the attackers fled from the eatery.

–IANS

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