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Sounds to me like he probably really does like you, and he was asking friends how to respond because it was his first relationship and he really didn't know how to go about it. As for asking about "talking" to other girls in your group, he may be pretty hurt by how insistent you were about there not being anything between you two and be trying to move on.
My question for you, if you really aren't interested in him any more, why are you so concerned about whether he wants to talk to other girls? If you really just want to know about whether he liked you when you were in a relationship, he did. If it is because you are still interested, you need to give him a chance and go on a one-on-one with him soon, as the more time you give him to move on, the more likely he will be to do it.