Tamil Nadu atheist killing: Police suspect group linked to blast accused

Coimbatore Deputy Commissioner of Police S Saravanan said they had formed special teams to nab the culprits.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Published:March 19, 2017 5:45 am
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A SECRET group reportedly run by an accused in a Bengaluru bomb blast case is a suspect in the murder of a Tamil Nadu atheist and Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam activist, H Farook. The 31-year-old, who made his living as a daily wage labourer, was hacked to death in Coimbatore on Thursday midnight, 15 days after he posted a photo of one of his children holding a placard with the handwritten slogan “Kadavul illai, Kadavul illai, Kadavul illai (No God, No God, No God)”. A small-time real estate agent from Podnaur near Coimbatore, M Ansradh (31), surrendered before a local magistrate court confessing to the murder. But police believe it was carried out by a gang of four, and orchestrated from inside the prison by the Bengaluru bomb blast accused. Sources said police are looking for the bomb blast accused’s brother-in-law Saddam Hussain, himself a murder accused, and a relative, Shamsuddin, for links to Farook’s murder.

Police haven’t given out the name of the blast accused, and said they didn’t know the name of the group that allegedly carried out the murder, but claimed that most of its members “were part of some banned radical groups a decade ago”. Police believe the bomb blast accused is the mentor of the group and controlled it through his followers. They said the group had been issuing threats to Farook for his atheist stand as well as targeting similar Muslim youths “who had deviated from the faith”.

“Farook had received warnings earlier from the group, asking him to stay away from ‘ridiculing’ God and religion,” said a senior officer. Coimbatore Deputy Commissioner of Police S Saravanan said they had formed special teams to nab the culprits.

The DVK is a breakaway faction of rationalist Periyar’s Dravidar Kazhagam (DK) party. Farook posted his child’s photo with the placard in a WhatsApp group called ‘No God’, administered by him, that propagates atheism. He put up the photo on his child’s birthday.

Police said Farook was attacked when he stepped out of his house after receiving a call on Thursday midnight. “A gang of four people chased and hacked him to death. He had deep injuries on his stomach and neck. Although local residents who rushed to the spot tried to catch the assailants, they managed to escape,” said the officer.

“A vocal Periyar follower who propagated atheism and rationalistic values, Farook used to receive threat calls from radical groups whenever he posted something against God or religion in WhatsApp group or on his Facebook. He ignored those threats,” said the officer.

A friend of Farook who knew him through DVK activities said it was Periyar’s ideology that made him an atheist and an activist against caste. “As an activist, he had attended agitations and meetings of the DVK in other parts of Tamil Nadu,” he said.

In one of his last posts on Facebook on March 13 night, Farook said his views had made him an enemy of many. To all those who objected, he said, “I am an enemy of God, enemy of religion, enemy of caste and enemy of all blind beliefs. But I am not an enemy of humans who believe in humanity.”

Last November, Farook was among those who resisted mob violence in Ukkadam, a Muslim-dominated area where he lived, while Hindu Munnani men were taking out a funeral procession of their spokesperson C Sasikumar, who had been murdered.

A police officer said Farook had attacked a police vehicle that day along with others and had been arrested under the Goonda Act.

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    IslamForFoools
    Mar 20, 2017 at 1:04 am
    No outcry in medi against musselman now, media will tolerate Islamic terrorism against atheist. No atheist will be killed by Hindus, it's always landa musselman
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      Gajendra.hatangadi
      Mar 19, 2017 at 2:30 am
      I am a brahmin ole, this story is very dear to me. On the one hand the dead is a Muslim and on the other hand the police accuse a group of Muslims for the murder. Either way police has very instructively protected the REAL MURDERS-BRAHMINUTWA BUGGERS.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt; I am a brahmin ole, this story is very dear to me
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        Rajat
        Mar 19, 2017 at 3:55 am
        चुप बे साले चूड़े चमार साले की टट्टी में पलने वाले कीड़े.
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          SK
          Mar 19, 2017 at 2:26 am
          BRUTAL MISINFORMATION BY TN POLICE BSTRDS.
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            ajeet
            Mar 19, 2017 at 7:20 am
            Mullah pedo
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              disgusted
              Mar 19, 2017 at 5:48 am
              Pseudonym jehadi spotted!
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                disgusted
                Mar 19, 2017 at 5:47 am
                Very "secular" act by few savaged following R.O.P. lt;br/gt;Of course all leftists-liberals and islamo-fascists would stay mum over this ghastly murder
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                  gmail
                  Mar 19, 2017 at 12:49 am
                  When a Hindu atheist is killed there are so many comments by fekus. When a Muslim atheist is murdered by muslims there is no hues and cries by the fake tolerants and award wapsi people.
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                    Ivan
                    Mar 19, 2017 at 5:26 am
                    A very brave man. May we be worthy of his sacrifice. Men like Farook will change the world.
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                      Ivan
                      Mar 19, 2017 at 9:46 am
                      I have to revise my estimate of him in the light of what you wrote. Nonetheless he is a brave man who paid with his life for the freedom to be an atheist.
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                        Manu
                        Mar 19, 2017 at 8:28 am
                        Where is the intolerance gang and Delhi Media??
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                          Mahender Goriganti
                          Mar 19, 2017 at 8:56 am
                          A brave human but intolerant Muslim fundamentalists so are their other Abraham brothers (Christian and Jews) too . the only religion that accepts no God god is Hindu culture that starts with a question and an answer in Rig Veda: that goes on to say who is paraBrahmha? Who knows if he is there, the one thing that is certain is existence Atman, hence God must have come later, Atman might have created God and Maya.
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                            Prem
                            Mar 19, 2017 at 4:16 pm
                            How is it possible for a bomb blast accused inside a prison to orchestrate killings and unlawful activities? Is it possible without official connivance? Transactions presumably take place using a mobile phone. Inside a prison sndinvolving goons we have known for decades as the police say? Highly fishy!
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                              Vas
                              Mar 19, 2017 at 3:58 am
                              Why is this isnt taken up by national media as suppressing voices or intolerance??
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                                shiravanthe sridhar
                                Mar 19, 2017 at 2:01 am
                                The sickular intolerant commie media will print first page editorials so as to showcase to the w world as to the state of India in thahands if rightist fascist thugs, hooligans.
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                                  Shankar
                                  Mar 19, 2017 at 7:11 am
                                  Abdul Kalam?
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                                    George
                                    Mar 19, 2017 at 1:48 pm
                                    There you are! Poor tolerant Hindu will never kill; these Muslim fanatics. I am also an atheist. For us all believers, whether Hindu, Christian or Muslim, are the same. They are scared of us.
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                                      Vedic_Citizen
                                      Mar 19, 2017 at 1:39 am
                                      Death for leaving Islam as per Sharia in secular India !!
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                                        Proud Bhakt
                                        Mar 19, 2017 at 3:48 am
                                        The article also states that another person , a member of Hindi Munani was murdered last november and muslims engaged in mob violence in muslim dominated areas.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Coimbatore , Tamil Nadu seems to be a lawless dump , where the members of the terrorist cult are engaging in wanton violence and mayhem .
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                                          Proud Bhakt
                                          Mar 19, 2017 at 3:42 am
                                          Why is it wrong for a ex-muslim to be an Atheist ?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;All he did was speak the truth.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;why should anybody be forced to believe in your imaginary friend "All*ah"?
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                                            Hedonist
                                            Mar 19, 2017 at 7:29 am
                                            A muslim can never a atheist. Al Taqqia at work.
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