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Coimbatore, March 20:  A man, Saddam Hussein, surrendered on Monday in a Coimbatore court, four days after a 31-year old atheist was murdered in cold blood by a gang in the city. Another man, Ansad, had surrendered yesterday. Police have said they’re changing the investigation angle from ‘personal enmity’ to murder by a ‘religious prejudice group’. Four special teams have been formed to catch the culprits.

Farooq was the administrator of a WhatsApp group whose members regularly debunk religion and religious claims, District Commissioner of Police Saravanan said. The rationalistic messages he posted on his Facebook page had attracted criticism from members of the Muslim community, who called him an apostate.

Farook was a member of the Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazagam, and preached Periyar’s verses and Dravidianism. He is survived by his wife, a 10-year-old son and a 7-year-old daughter. At around 11:45 pm on the night of March 16, Farook got a call from an unknown number.

The caller claimed to be in the scrap business just like him, and asked they could meet near the Corporation Sewage Treatment Plant to discuss a deal. Farook agreed and left on his motorbike.

Once he arrived, a gang had attacked him from behind and slashed him with a knife. Before he realised what was going on, he’d suffered fatal cuts to his body. Farook couldn’t run since he’d lost a lot of blood. He cried out in pain, but the gang mercilessly slashed him to death. Passersby rushed to the spot upon hearing his cries, but it was too late: the gang had escaped, and Farooq had already died. (Agencies)

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