Sonia Masi ("Sonia De")
24 Nov 2011
Ahmedabad, Gujarat (India)
TDoR list ref: tgeu/24-Nov-2011/Sonia Masi (Imran Ajmeri)
Sonia was shot at 8:20 pm six times at point-blank by assailants in a car as she was buying refreshments at a snack bar.
She was spokesperson for the trans community in the state of Gujarat, and had already been subject to an attack in 2008.
Sonia Masi aka [deadname], who had emerged as the face of the transgender community in Gujarat, was shot dead near Rupali cinema by unidentified assailants on Thursday night.
Sonia was better known for contesting in the general elections against BJP leader LK Advani. She was on her way to have refreshments near Rupali cinema when some men in a car shot six rounds at her.
Cops believe the incident to have taken place at 8:20pm. HK Patel, zone-2 deputy commissioner of police (DCP), said that Sonia had arrived at a street vendor's stall to have pani puri outside a garden near Rupali cinema when the assailants pumped in around six bullets from a pistol on her.
In July 2017 Shahezad Chhipa and Ganesha Tomar were sentenced to life in prison.
TvT project: Daily News & Analysis India, online portal, 25.11.2011