Two days after a young rationalist H Farooq was hacked to death in Ukkakadam area of Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore, the police officials said the assailants wanted the young atheist to shut down a WhatsApp group that had about 400 Muslims members, mostly inspired by rationalist Periyar ideology.
According to the investigating officials, the accused had asked the Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam member to delete the group Allahu Murdhath after he had shared a photo of his children holding placards reading – Kadavul illai, Kadavul illai, Kadavul illai ( No god, No god.) “His refusal to do so might have led to his death,” a police official was quoted.
The 31-year-old was found with multiple injuries in an open field in the heart of the city, around midnight on 16 March.
There were both personal meetings and multiple phone calls from them as a request and a warning. He [Farook] ignored them and went ahead. Finally, it was his public statement of raising his children atheists had provoked themPolice official
A scrap iron merchant from Bilal Estate in south Ukkadam, Farook was known for the rationalist opinions that he voiced on social media platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook.
City Police Commissioner A Amalraj has formed a special team including Inspectors Rajesh, Jothi, Sri Ramachandran and Deivendran to probe into the murder. They have also constituted three teams to look for the accused, who they believe are hiding in the suburbs. Though two of the four absconding men are related to the Bangalore blast accused, the police have reportedly ruled out the possibility of a terror angle in the case.
“The accused are daily wage labourers or mechanics. The only suspicious link is that two of the four culprits are relatives of a Bangalore bomb blast accused currently in a Karnataka prison. So far, there is no evidence to prove a direct link of the blast accused in this murder,” the officer added.
Farooq had left his house on Thursday night after receiving a phone call. When he reached near a sewage treatment plant near Ukkadam bypass road, the assailants intercepted him in two-wheelers and auto. Though he had tried to escape by turning away his moped, the gangsters hacked him with sickle and knives.