Price of onions nearly costs Indian omelette vendor his life

LUCKNOW, India Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:59pm IST

Vendors selling onion wait for customers at wholesale vegetables market during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in Sanaa July 23, 2013. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah/Files

Vendors selling onion wait for customers at wholesale vegetables market during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in Sanaa July 23, 2013.

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LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) - A north Indian street food vendor has been shot at by a customer furious that there were too few onions in his omelette, police said on Tuesday, the latest crime triggered by the soaring price of one of India's staple foods.

The customer opened fire in the village of Aliganj in Uttar Pradesh state after the vendor, Deepu Kashyap, dismissed his complaint by saying "Don't you know that onions are expensive?". Kashyap was able to duck under his food cart just in time.

The price of onions, the foundation of much Indian cooking, has more than trebled in a year, partly owing to erratic monsoon rains. Last month, three armed men made off with a truck loaded with onions, the media reported.

(Writing by Sruthi Gottipati; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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