Coimbatore: A man holding rationalist views was hacked to death by a four-member gang in Tamilnadu’s Coimbatore.
Police said the victim Farook, was a member of Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam, and an atheist. He was killed on March 23.
He was also administering a WhatsApp group where he posted rationalistic views on religion, Indiatimes reported.
The 31-year-old also posted rationalistic messages on his Facebook page which came in for criticism by members of the community. A realtor, identified as Ansath, surrendered before the judicial magistrate court -V on Friday evening in connection with the murder.
“Farook’s anti-Muslim sentiments had angered people. This may be a possible motive for murder,” said S Saravanan, DCP, Coimbatore.
Details of the 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”.
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 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.”