TN Muslim man murdered over atheistic FB posts
Coimbatore: H Farook, 31, from Bilal Estate in South Ukkadam here, was hacked to death by a four-member gang, late Thursday night. He was a member of Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam (DVK), and an atheist.
Following the murder, Anshath, 30, surrendered before the judicial magistrate court -V on Friday evening. According to police, Farook was administering a WhatsApp group, where he posted rationalistic views against his religion. He also posted rationalistic messages on his Facebook page, which drew criticism from members of his community.
Farook was in the scrap business. He had married Rashitha 10 years ago and the couple have a son, Mohammed Ashrin, a class VI student, and a daughter Anafa, a UKG student. He was an active member of DVK and often posted atheistic messages on his Facebook page, acquiring several enemies and receiving many threats.
At 11.15pm on Thursday, he received a phone call summoning him out of the house. His wife advised him not to go out so late at night. However, he left home, saying he would be back in 10 minutes. He had gone to a sewage treatment plant near Ukkadam on a motorcycle, where a four-member gang waylaid him.
They waylaid Farook, who attempted to escape. However, he was assaulted with sickles by the gang and suffered deep cuts to his neck and abdomen. He succumbed to his injuries on the spot.
On being notified, deputy commissioner of police (crime in-charge) S Saravanan and his team rushed to the spot and sent the body to the Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) for postmortem.
DVK founder president Kolathur S Mani, functionaries of DVK and members of Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam (TPDK) gathered at CMCH. Police personnel were deployed at the hospital to prevent any untoward incidents. After the postmortem, the body was handed over to his family.
On Friday evening, M Anshath, a realtor from Sriram Nagar at Podanur surrendered before the judicial magistrate court - V in connection with Farook’s murder. The court has remanded him to judicial custody till March 28. His lawyer, M Zackriya, told the media that Anshath had lost his mobile on Thursday evening. Someone summoned Farook out of his house using Anshath’s mobile phone. He surrendered before court as police suspected him to be behind the murder, he added.
The police have identified two more people in connection with the murder.