Missing Telangana transwoman candidate resurfaces at police station

Written by Sabrangindia | Published on: November 29, 2018

BLF leaders and activists alleged that people who were opposed to a transgender woman contesting the election were behind her disappearance.


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Image Courtesy: Facebook/Chandramukhi Muvvala
Hyderabad: The lone transwoman candidate in Telangana Assembly polls, who had gone missing on Nov 27, turned up at a police station in Hyderabad on Wednesday night. Trans activist and MLA candidate Chandramukhi Muvvala was said to be in a dazed and confused state. She is a candidate from the Bahujan Left Front fighting from the Goshamahal constituency.
She reached the Banjara Hills police station on Wednesday with her lawyer and some members of the transgender community. She refused to give a statement to police about her whereabouts, saying she will reveal all the details in court on Thursday.
The Hyderabad High Court had on Wednesday directed the police to produce her in the court on Thursday.
“The court passed orders on a habeas corpus (unlawful detention) petitioned filed by Chandramukhi's mother Ananthamma. Earlier, a missing case was registered at the Banjara Hills police station on a complaint by her mother. According to her supporters, two persons had come to meet her. Later, her mobile phone was switched off. They claimed she had been kidnapped,” NDTV reported.
“However, after examining CCTV footage, police said on Wednesday that she left the house on her own and was seen walking alone. A police official said she had masked her face to hide her identity. Police had formed 10 teams to trace the missing candidate. A few teams were also deputed to Anantapur and other districts in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh,” the report said.
Chandramukhi’s mother, Anitha Muvvala told TNM that the woman on the CCTV footage was not her daughter.
"She has come back. She was abducted by someone and intimidated severely, she's dazed and disoriented. She'll share what happened to her before the court," Vasudha Nagaraj, her lawyer, told TNM.
“In Goshamahal, all the candidates contesting against her have a criminal past and we suspect that someone might be behind her abduction. Despite such a big incident, all the parties have maintained a studious silence, as if nothing has happened. So, we are planning for a state-wide agitation on Thursday, if police don’t find Chandramukhi,” BLF convenor Tammineni Veerabhadram had told TNM a day earlier. On Tuesday, the Bahujan Left Front had warned of a statewide agitation if Muvvala was not found within 24 hours.
BLF leaders and activists alleged that people who were opposed to a transgender woman contesting the election were behind her disappearance.
Chandramukhi is the only transgender candidate out of 3,584 candidates contesting in the upcoming Telangana elections on December 7.
Chandramukhi, a well-known face in Hyderabad’s trans community, is contesting from the Goshamahal constituency in Hyderabad on a Bahujan Left Front (BLF) ticket. She will be taking on bigwigs such as the BJP’s Raja Singh, Congress’ Mukesh Goud and TRS’s Prem Singh Rathore.
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