A murder in Kochi has been linked to a serving of vada. Photo: Flickr

A manhunt has been launched after the owner of a hotel was allegedly stabbed to death by a customer who was apparently angry about the quality of the food he was served.

Forty-five-year-old Johnson, who ran Hotel Shibin in the Vyttila area of Kochi, Kerala, was rushed to hospital with a knife wound in the neck at around 2:30 pm on Wednesday.

A  police officer was quoted as saying: “Ratheesh, who had breakfast [at] the hotel, entered into a brawl with Johnson over the quality of the vada served to him. Following this, he left the shop. Later, as Ratheesh was having a drink at a beer parlor, he saw Johnson passing through the SA Road. After accosting Johnson, the accused picked a quarrel with him and stabbed him with a knife.”

Johnson succumbed to his injuries at Medical Trust Hospital at 4.30 pm.