An Indian man, Mustakeem Ahmad, shot dead his colleague who introduced him to cigarettes after being diagnosed with throat cancer.
The doctor attributed the disease to his smoking habit which filled him with rage and provoked him to commit the crime.
According to the Hindustan Times, the pair worked as chefs at the alleged killer’s brother in law’s restaurant. Inayat influenced Ahmad to start smoking cigarettes and marijuana.
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“Ahmad also resented his colleague, named only as Inayat, because he was more successful at work,” said the police.
“I purchased a pistol and practiced firing it to ensure I killed the victim,” said Ahmad while talking to detectives.
“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.
"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,” said Mr Singh.
He further added that Ahmad blamed his colleague, Inayat, for the cancer and tried a lot of times to get him sacked from his job.
However, Ahmad was fired from his job instead because of his deteriorating work performance. He returned to his native village in Uttar Pradesh where he bought a gun and started practicing shooting.
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“He first 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 the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Ahmad was later arrested by the police when he visited a relative to borrow some money.
This article originally appeared on The Independent
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