Parida complained to the owner, Pravakar Sahoo, about the taste of the food that was served to him. Later, there was a heated exchange of words between the customer and the owner over the price of food.
Sahoo threw hot oil at Parida, who sustained severe burn injuries on his face, neck, chest, belly and hands. He is undergoing treatment at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack.
A case has been lodged and the suspect would be arrested soon, Balichandrapur Police Station Inspector Ramakanta Muduli said.