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46-year-old David Evans was out for dinner with his wife Michelle on Saturday night at an Indian restaurant Prince of Bengal in Wales, UK when he was almost blinded with chilli powder thrown at him by the restaurant’s chef.
Mr Evans complained about the curry served to them as ‘tough and rubbery’ to the waiter who conveyed this to the head chef.
The chef got into an argument with the couple and walked back to the kitchen but Mr Evans got up from his table and followed him.
Wales Online shared the CCTV footage of the restaurant which shows how the two were speaking to the each other at the kitchen door before the chef threw red chilli powder in David’s face.
David, with his eyes burning, was rushed to hospital.
His wife told the local media that David was in severe pain and the medics had to flush fluid through his eyes to ease his suffering.
Michelle said: “What was meant to be a quick meal out with David turned out to be one of the most frightening times we’ve had.
“When our mains came and the meat was like what I can only describe as rubber we told the young waiter when he came and asked us “how is your food?” that the meat was very tough and rubbery.
“To cut a long story short the Indian chef came to our table and he was extremely rude and aggressive and accused us of not wanting to pay for our food.”
46-year-old Bangladeshi Chef Kamrul Islam in his defence, said he feared he was about to be punched.
He said: “They were shouting and swearing at me - I admit I swore back. But I said I would reduce the bill which came to £82.
“But then the woman grabbed my arm and was hanging onto me as she was shouting.
"I ran into the kitchen to get away from him but he followed me," he said. "I was frightened and grabbed a handful of chilli just in case.
"I was frightened and threw it at him. It was self-defence and that is why I did what I did.
“I've been running this restaurant here for 18 years and I've never had to do anything like this. I'm very upset by it all."
South Wales Police said the matter was under investigation.
The spokeswoman also said: "A man has been arrested on suspicion of common assault and has been bailed until January 31st, pending further inquiries."