Greater Noida: In a shocking incident, the owner of an online food delivery restaurant in Greater Noida was allegedly killed by a delivery boy on Wednesday after a dispute broke out over the delay in an order. However, the police said that the incident is being probed and search is on for the accused who is absconding.Also Read - Odisha: Woman Paraded, Tonsured, Face Blackened Over Duping Villagers; 10 Detained
Later, police issued a statement, saying three accused have been arrested after a brief chase that also involved a gunfight. Contrary to earlier claims, police however clarified and said that a Swiggy delivery agent was not among the three accused. Also Read - Woman Kicked Out of Restaurant For Breastfeeding Newborn Baby & Told to 'Never Come Back', Protests Erupt
“Identified as Vikas, the main accused was shot in the leg, while the other two – Devender and Sunil – were taken into custody after they tried to make a run for it,” Additional DCP Greater Noida Vishal Pandey said. Also Read - Udaipur Mall Bans Swiggy & Zomato Delivery Guys From Using Lift, Enraged Twitter Calls it 'Blatant Discrimination'
“The three were hanging around outside the restaurant in an inebriated state when a food delivery agent was arguing with the restarant staff. They somehow got involved and shot the restaurant owner who was trying to intervene. They appeared to be drunk,” DCP Pandey added.
In the meantime, Swiggy also issued a statement saying, “We are saddened by the demise of our restaurant partner and our deepest condolences are with his family members. Based on the information received from the police as of this evening, the three accused who have been apprehended for the crime are not related to Swiggy in any way. This matter is still under investigation and we are extending our full cooperation to the police. We would like to reiterate that delivery partners on Swiggy go through thorough background verification including checking court records.”
As per reports, the deceased has been identified as Sunil, who used to run Zam Zam food delivery restaurant in Greater Noida’s Mitra Society.
As per updates from police, a delivery boy came to the restaurant at 12.15 AM on Wednesday to collect an order of chicken biryani and puri sabzi.
After the order of chicken biryani was handed over to the owner immediately, a worker at the restaurant told the delivery boy that the second order would take some time. However, the delivery boy got infuriated over this and broke out a fight with the worker.
When the restaurant owner intervened between the duo, the accused shot at his head. Soon after this, the restaurant owner was taken to Yatharth Hospital where he was declared brought dead.
As per updates from police, the eyewitnesses said the accused was under the influence of alcohol and he was accompanied by another man who helped in the killing of the restaurant owner.