An Indian man diagnosed with throat cancer allegedly shot dead the colleague who introduced him to cigarettes.
Ahmad is said to have been consumed with rage at his co-worker after a
doctor attributed the disease to his smokinghabit.
The pair, both
25, worked as chefs at a restaurant in west Delhi owned by the alleged
killer’s brother-in-law, according to the Hindistan Times.
Police said Ahmad also resented his colleague, named only as Inayat, because he was more successful at work.
told detectives he purchased a pistol and practised firing it to ensure
he killed the victim, who had been working at the restaurant for 18
“Though Ahmad and Inayat were friends at the
workplace, Inayat was reportedly better at his job and well-behaved and
soon became the favourite 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.
his work performance deteriorated Ahmad was fired and investigators
said he returned to his native village of Amroha in Uttar Pradesh, where
he bought a gun and some cartridges.
practised firing in his village, before returning to Delhi a few days
ago,” said Mr Singh. “He was carrying his loaded pistol to the
restaurant and had planned to kill Inayat if he failed to get him fired
from the job. That is what eventually happened. Ahmad ended up picking a
fight with Inayat. He later shot at him in the middle of the argument,”
Inayat was rushed to hospital but died of his injuries.
Ahmad fled but was arrested in a police sting last week, as he visited a relative to borrow some money.