An Indian man diagnosed with throat cancer allegedly shot dead the colleague who introduced him to cigarettes, reported The Independent.
Mustakeem Ahmad is said to have been consumed with rage at his co-worker after a doctor attributed the disease to his smoking habit.
The pair, both 25, worked as chefs at a restaurant in west Delhi owned by the alleged killer’s brother-in-law, according to Hindustan Times.
Police said Ahmad also resented his colleague, named only as Inayat because he was more successful at work. He told detectives he purchased a pistol and practiced firing it to ensure he killed the victim, who had been working at the restaurant for 18 months.
“Though Ahmad and Inayat were friends at the workplace, Inayat was reportedly better at his job and well-behaved and soon became the favorite of the restaurant owner,” said deputy police commissioner Sibesh Singh.
Ahmad was said to have taken up smoking cigarettes and marijuana under the influence of Inayat.
Singh said: “In the course of time, Ahmad developed throat infection, forcing him to consult a doctor. Ahmad has claimed that the doctor told him he had developed throat cancer due to excessive smoking.”
Ahmad blamed his colleague for his cancer and tried unsuccessfully to get him sacked from his job, he added.