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Shooting in sweet spot

New Delhi, Feb. 18: A salesman at a sweet shop not far from Parliament famous for its Bengali sweets was shot at by a private guard tonight following an altercation over refusal to queue up for jalebis.

Police said Satyender Singh, 35, who works for Bengal Sweet House in Gole Market, was shot in the head around 7.30pm and battling for life in hospital. Assailant Neeraj Kumar, 28, has been arrested and booked for murder.

The area is in the heart of the city and barely 2km from Parliament. It is home to the quarters of senior government officials, many of them from Bengal who frequent the outlet.

“Kumar first quarrelled with Singh after he was asked to queue up as the shop was crowded. But he refused to listen. As the argument heated up, Kumar fished out a pistol from his pocket and fired at Singh,” a senior officer said.

The police are finding out whether the pistol was Kumar’s personal weapon or belonged to CMS Security Solutions Company, a firm that fills money in ATMs and for which he works as a guard. “We have CCTV footage that shows the accused firing,” said deputy commissioner of police S.B.S. Tyagi.

The incident sent shock waves through the neighbourhood, which was developed by the British almost a century ago as a residential cluster for government officials. “This is a shocking incident. It gives an insight into the low tolerance of Delhiites in general,” said Amartya Das, who owns a guesthouse in the area.