Demand to shut WhatsApp group reason for atheist’s murder, say police

Three investigation teams are on the lookout for four persons believed to have hacked to death the 31-year-old atheist activist on Thursday night near Coimbatore.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Published:March 20, 2017 3:19 am
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Police officers investigating the murder of H Farook have said his killers wanted the atheist to shut down a WhatsApp group that had about 400 Muslims members, mostly inspired by rationalist Periyar ideology. Three investigation teams are on the lookout for four persons believed to have hacked to death the 31-year-old atheist activist on Thursday night near Coimbatore.

Tamil Nadu police have said the four accused were well within the limits of Coimbatore’s suburbs. Police said Farook’s refusal to shut down the atheist WhatsApp group he ran for like-minded Muslims across various districts of Tamil Nadu and his visible stand in the social media declaring his decision to raise his children as atheists had angered the suspects.

The WhatsApp group, called Allahu Murdhath, has about 400 members from different Tamil Nadu districts. Many of the members are Muslims. The accused had demanded that Farook shut down the group. On Sunday, The Indian Express reported that one of the reasons that could have led to Farook’s murder was a photo the rationalist had posted in the WhatsApp group 15 days ago, in which one of his children was seen holding a placard with the handwritten slogan “Kadavul illai, Kadavul illai, Kadavul illai (No God, No God, No God)”.

According to an investigator, the assailants “did meet him and requested him once to stay away from anti-religious activities”. “There were both personal meetings and multiple phone calls from them as a request and a warning. He (Farook) ignored them and went ahead. Still, they… threatened him. Finally, it was his public statement of raising his children as atheists had provoked them. More than his rational arguments, they felt that taking such public positions using children was a threat to Islam,” said the officer.

“A senior commissioner is currently coordinating three teams and searching for a total of four culprits. Our information and evidence show that the culprits were not violent or threatening initially. But Farook’s popularity in social media and Muslim followers in his WhatsApp group disturbed them,” he said. According to officers, there is no evidence yet to link the suspects to any terror outfit or external agency.

They said those who killed Farook were “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,” the officer said. “We are in the initial stage of inquiry. So far, there is no evidence to prove a direct link of the blast accused in this murder,” the officer added. Saddam Hussain, one of the prime accused in Farook’s murder, is already a murder accused and the brother-in-law of the Bangalore blast accused. He works in a mechanic’s shop and repairs flat tyres.

Another accused, Shamsuddin, who is a relative of the blast accused, is a daily-wage labourer. Akram and Munaf, two other associates of Hussain and Shamsuddin, played key roles in the murder and are also daily-wage labourers.

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  1. I
    Mar 20, 2017 at 1:43 am
    Fck Allah fck mohemmed fck Islam
    1. I
      Mar 20, 2017 at 3:14 am
      Islam is killer of atheist everywhere, kuran is rootcause
      1. A
        Mar 20, 2017 at 11:15 am
        Which $h1t is kerji hiding in, whose secular-c 0 ck has chocked the throats of Ravish , Barkha , rajdeep , in which secular a as is this award wapsi gang found refuge...... When Panesar and Dhabolkar were killed every one came out crying and shouting........ Hippocracy at it's best
        1. C
          Champa Bai
          Mar 20, 2017 at 4:57 am
          Where are all the seculars, psuedo liberals, barkhas, rana ayub, ravish etc ch%^$%^ silent
          1. V
            Mar 20, 2017 at 2:25 am
            Very sad.. if the so called liberal media remains coy about making this an issue, the fringe fundamentalists will get emboldened.
            1. D
              Mar 20, 2017 at 9:48 am
              exactly !!
              1. J
                John Kaiser
                Mar 20, 2017 at 2:28 pm
                It is a real shame that the killers have left this guy's child with out a father. If Islam is so week that it has to kill it's opposition, then it doesn't deserve to continue. Murdering your opposition is a sure sign that you're position is flawed. Please, everyone - just be nice to each other. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Also I wanted to add - killing someone with an ax is a bit much. It goes to show the level of rage. I sure am glad that I don't live anywhere near these muderers. They are capable of killing anyone for any reason. If an idea is enough to modivate them to kill they can't be trusted to live in a civilized world. I hope they are found soon and are locked up, so as to protect everyone from them.
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                  Mahender Goriganti
                  Mar 20, 2017 at 10:11 am
                  Islamic express is rationalizing barbaric jihad culture with this report by undercutting the beastly culture of intolerant Islamic culture. When was the first or last time it criticized Muslim leaders, intellect clergy about they philosophy couture or practices??
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