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Indian Atheist Hacked to Death After Posting Criticisms of Religion on Social Media

Friday 24 March 2017, by siawi3

Source: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/03/18/indian-atheist-hacked-to-death-after-posting-criticisms-of-religion-on-social-media/

March 18, 2017

by Hemant Mehta

According to reports from India, a 31-year-old man named H. Farook was hacked to death on Thursday night by four men who were pissed off that he posted atheistic messages on a WhatsApp group and Facebook page.

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At 11.15pm on Thursday, [Farook] 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.

One man, a Muslim, has already been arrested for the murder (though his lawyer is appealing) while two others have been connected with it.

It’s a quicker response time than we saw with the murders of atheists in Bangladesh — how’s that for a silver lining? — but the underlying problem is still the same. Atheists in that part of the world continue to be murdered for the crime of criticizing bad ideas. The killers aren’t afraid of death, because they believe they are fighting an eternal battle of sorts. The only way this will ever change is if Muslim leaders commit themselves to reforming the religion from the inside.

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Source: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/coimbatore-vocal-atheist-hacked-to-death-realtor-surrenders/1/906973.html

Coimbatore: Vocal atheist hacked to death, realtor surrenders

A realtor and Islamic activist, Ansath (30), surrendered before the judicial magistrate on Friday evening in connection with the murder but his role in the murder is yet to be ascertained.

Posted by Sonalee Borgohain

New Delhi, March 18, 2017 | UPDATED 17:05 IST

Highlights
1 Farooq was the admin of a WhatsApp group of people with rationalistic views.
2 His Facebook posts attracted criticism by members of the Muslim community.
3 Ansath’s surrender has been linked to the pressure put on the police by DVK.

An outspoken atheist who posted anti-religion opinion and rationalist views on Facebook was hacked to death in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore on Thursday night. H Farooq (31), an iron scrap dealer, regularly criticised religion on social media and his posts against Islam had infuriated many recently.

A resident of Coimbatore’s South Ukkadam, he was a member of Dravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam (DVK), a breakaway group of the Dravidar Kazhagam (DK).

A realtor and Islamic activist, Ansath (30), surrendered before the judicial magistrate on Friday evening in connection with the murder but his role in the murder is yet to be ascertained.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Farooq was murdered after he had left his Bilal Estate house in South Ukkadam at around 11 pm after receiving a phone call.
He was on his scooter and was nearing Ukkadam Bypass Road when four people on motorcycles intercepted him. He tried to flee but couldn’t escape.
Hearing the commotion, residents of the area rushed out of their homes after which the assailants fled.
Locals found Farooq’s body lying on the road. His body bore multiple stabs and cuts inflicted by the assailants.
Coimbatore Deputy Commissioner of Police S Sravanan reached the spot with police and began investigations.
According to DCP Saravanan, Farooq was the admin of a WhatsApp group of people with rationalistic views who regularly debunk religion and religious claims.
That vocal opposition to religion might be a possible motive for murder, DCP was quoted as saying.
Atheist Farooq had posted rationalistic messages on his Facebook page which attracted criticism by members of the Muslim community, who called him an apostate.
Police collected grabs from CCTV cameras installed at various commercial outlets on the stretch to identify Farooq’s killers.
The last call on his mobile was traced to a SIM that was obtained on fake Vellore address.
A large number of DVK cadre gathered at the hospital and demanded a high-level inquiry.
Ansath’s surrender has been linked to the pressure put on the police by DVK.
A police official told a newspaper that the religious offence could be just one motive. "We are looking into multiple angles and it is yet to be known if he was executed by communal groups, business rivalry or for personal reasons. One of his controversial religious posts shared in FB attracted criticisms."

VIDEO here: Coimbatore: Rationalist hacked to death for free thinking