COIMBATORE: Investigation into rationalist H Farooq murder case was handed over to the Crime Branch-Criminal Investigation Department (CB-CID) police on Saturday by the Director General of Police (DGP) TK Rajendran.
The decision to hand over the case to the agency came after one of the six accused confessed that he drew inspiration from Bengaluru bomb blast accused Kichan Buhari.
A top CB-CID official told Express, “The case has been transferred to us and we have received the files. One of the accused has confessed that he was inspired by Buhari. We plan to interrogate the murder case accused after thoroughly understanding the case.”
Days after Farooq was murdered, the city police arrested Akram Jindha, Abdul Munaf and Jaffer Ali, residents of Podanur in the city, while three accused Ansath, Sadam Hussain, Samsudeen, also from Podanur, surrendered at the local court.
Sources said that Akram confessed to having murdered Farooq. “Sadam is a close relative of Buhari. The other accused used to meet him in Bengaluru along with Sadam. Their frequent meetings with Buhari left them deeply impressed. Buhari’s fiery speeches brainwashed the youth and Akram was self-radicalized. He egged his partners to kill Farooq,” sources said.
Soon after Jindha took Buhari’s name, sleuths took him into custody and grilled him for over eight hours. It was after this interrogation that the case was handed over to the CB-CID. Deputy Superintendent of Police Velan has been assigned as the investigating officer.
On the night of March 17, Farooq was hacked to death by a group of Muslim youth, following his posts on social media calling himself an atheist.