21 Dec 2021
Patna, Bihar (India)
Soni was shot dead while returning from a birthday party. She was one of two trans women killed in Patna in 24 hours - the other being Usha Rani on 20th December.
Patna: Frightened and angry over the killing of two transgenders in Patna in the last 24 hours, dozens of transgenders protested and shouted slogans against the Nitish Kumar-led National Democratic Alliance government on Tuesday for “failing to protect them”.
Anger in the community boiled over after a transgender [woman] identified as Soni was shot dead at Chiraiyatad Bridge, near Kankarbagh locality, on Tuesday morning.
The protesting transgenders placed Soni’s body on a road and burned tyres near Sri Ram Hospital, disrupting traffic for hours. “Soni was shot dead while returning from a birthday party,” Lakshmi, one of the protesters, told Newsclick. According to the police, the protesters damaged some vehicles and forced the nearby shops and markets to shut down.
The protesters sought security in Patna in view of the murder of the two transgenders in separate incidents. “We are not safe and scared after the killings. If transgenders are not safe, who will be safe?” added Lakshmi.
Another protester Mohini said that the police didn’t take action because the victim was a transgender [woman]. “Instead, the police used force to disperse the protesting transgenders,” Mohini said.
In another incident, a transgender identified as Usha Rani was found murdered at her house at Machua Toli, under Alamganj Police Station, on Monday. The police have confirmed it a case of murder and started an investigation.
According to Alamganj police officer Krishna Kumar, Usha Rani was beaten to death with stones and shot. “We are waiting for the post-mortem report,” another transgender Sunita told Newsclick.
Several transgenders expressed fear over the murders. “We are widely considered the safest community but the killings of the two transgenders have caused fear and panic among us. This is not a good sign. The government should ensure our safety and security,” one protester said.
As per the 2011 Census, there are 40,827 transgenders in Bihar. In recent years, the state government initiated some measures to empower them and provide them livelihood.
Three suspects were subsequently arrested.
PATNA: Police on Wednesday arrested three criminals from their rented accommodation near Kanti Factory Road under the Patrakarnagar police station area for their alleged involvement in three separate loot and murder cases. Two country-made pistols, three magazines, seven live cartridges, a cellphone, a motorcycle and Rs 38,150 in cash were recovered from the possession of the arrested criminals, who were identified as Shankar Kumar alias Shankar Rai, Ganesh Kumar alias Ganesh Rai (both from Dhanarua) and Kanhaiya Kumar alias Shahrukh from Rajauli in Nawada.
According to police, the three criminals were involved in the loot at an artificial jewellery shop at Kankarbagh on December 26. One Manish Kumar, husband of a saleswoman at the shop, was shot dead by the criminals during the loot.
Patna SSP Upendra Sharma said the criminals were also involved in the murder of a transgender [woman] on Chiraiyatand bridge in the city on December 21. "One Amit Kumar was earlier arrested in this case and he was forwarded to jail," the SSP said.
The transgender [woman] was shot dead while returning from a birthday party. The murder sparked protests in the city with members of the transgender community hitting the roads. The three criminals were also involved in another loot at a jewellery shop at Anisabad on December 18.
"Investigations revealed that the same gang was involved in all the three incidents. The criminals were booked under Arms Act and various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)," the SSP said.