A 23-year-old man was shot at allegedly by two unidentified bike-borne men after he refused to share a cigarette with them in northwest Delhi's Shalimar Bagh, police said yesterday.
Amir Khan sustained a bullet injury to the right side of his chest, they said.
Police said they have registered a case of attempt to murder and are trying to catch the assailants.
In his statement to police, Khan said he and his friend were standing near a shopping mall at around 9.30 pm on Wednesday when two unidentified men came on a motorcycle and asked him for a cigarette.
When he refused, the two men abused him leading to an argument.
One of the two bike-borne men then opened fire at Khan, a senior officer said.
Last August, a 29-year-old non-teaching staff of the Jawaharlal Nehru University was allegedly stabbed to death while his cousin was injured, following a scuffle over asking directions to a cigarette-shop.
In another incident in March last year, a 22-year-old computer designing student was stabbed to death allegedly by four men after he refused to give them a cigarette at the Netaji Subhash Place signal.
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