In a shocking incident, a 25-year-old man killed his colleague from Myanmar for allegedly introducing him to smoking, that eventually led him to getting throat cancer. The accused, identified as Mustakeem Ahmad, a cook at a west Delhi restaurant, was arrested on Friday.

According to a Hindustan Times report, the accused told the police that he was so angry with the deceased that he purchased a pistol and practised firing to ensure that he did not miss his target.

The victim has been identified as Inayat (25). He had been working as a cook at a restaurant in Uttam Nagar for the last 18 months. Ahmad too had been offered a chef’s job at the restaurant that was owned by Ahmad’s brother-in-law.

“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 Shibesh Singh, DCP (southwest), according to the HT report. This probably frustrated Ahmad and he developed an enmity against Inayat.

The police said that due to frustration, Ahmad began smoking cigarettes and took to marijuana, allegedly under the influence of Inayat.

“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 the police.

After the cancer was detected, Ahmad blamed Inayat for getting him addicted to smoking. Since Ahmad was able to work properly, he was sacked by the owner.

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A frustrated Ahmad then went back to his native village in Amroha in Uttar Pradesh and procured a countrymade pistol and some cartridges.

On August 24, Ahmad went to the restaurant and asked his brother-in-law to sack Inayat. However, his brother-in-law refused to do so.

“He was carrying his loaded pistol to the restaurant and had planned to kill Inayat. After picking up a fight with Inayat, Ahmad shot at him in the middle of the argument,” said the DCP.

Inayat was later rushed to a hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries. Ahmad fled the murder spot, said police. After the police launched a manhunt to nab Ahmad, they received the information that he was visiting a relative in Uttam Nagar to take some money before fleeing the city. A police team laid a trap and nabbed him after a chase.

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