After being diagnosed with throat cancer, a 25-year-old man shot dead his friend in Uttam Nagar in southwest Delhi.
He did this after he was convinced that he was suffering the consequences of having been introduced to smoking cigarettes and marijuana by the friend.
The police was alerted to the murder at a biryani eatery on Thursday night and found a young man in a pool of blood on reaching the place. The deceased, Anaytullah, had gunshot injuries on his body. The killer, Mustakeem Ahmed, and the victim were both cooks at the restaurant and, as friends, smoked cannabis together.
An FIR was registered on the complaint of the hotel owner and investigations initiated. Another employee of the hotel is missing and is being considered a suspect.
The killing was the culmination of animosity over Ahmed feeling that the hotel owner was more partial to Anaytullah. Then, when he contracted a throat infection, Ahmed found to his horror on seeking medical advice that he had developed throat cancer.
When Ahmed lost his job recently, he went back to his village in UP only to return to Delhi armed with a pistol. He threatened the hotel owner to sack Anaytullah, but when the man refused to accede, he opened fire at his fellow cook in a fit of rage.
Originally published in Times of India