26 Mar 2022
Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Pakistan)
TDoR list ref: tgeu/tdor2022/26-Mar-2022/Coconut
Coconut and another trans woman named Sulimany were both shot from a passing vehicle while returning home. Coconut succumbed to her injuries.
MARDAN: One transgender person was shot dead and another injured when unknown motorcyclists opened fire on their car near the Museum building located here on Mardan-Charsadda road.
Officials of Saddar police station said on Saturday that the firing incident took place on Friday midnight. One transgender person identified as [deadname] alias Coconut died on the spot while the other named [deadname] alias Wara was taken to the Mardan Medical Complex Hospital with bullet injuries for necessary treatment.
The police quoted the injured [deadname] alias Wara as saying that they along with other transgender persons were on their way back to Mardan from Charsadda district after attending a music function when the incident happened. [Deadname] told police that two unknown armed persons riding on a motorcycle opened fire on their car when their vehicle was passing near the Mardan Museum building.
[She] said that they did not know the attackers as they had no enmity or dispute with anyone. The police said they lodged an FIR against unknown killers on the complaint of the injured person and had started investigations to trace and arrest the real perpetrators of the crime.
On 18th March the National Commission for Human Rights issued a letter to the Inspector General of Police in the state ordering a report into the murder and hate crimes against transgender people in the province.
Three attackers were subsequently arrested and one of them confessed to the murder. He said that Coconut was killed by accident - the actual target of the attack was another trans woman named Warha, who had lodged a police report against him.
The officer said that the arrest of Shah Zeb and Atif, residents of Mardan district, and Asadullah, a resident of Swabi district, became possible after investigation was conducted on scientific lines.
Shah Zeb confessed before the cops during investigation that another transgender Salman alias Warha had lodged a report in police station against him, which is why he wanted to take revenge on her for “causing disrepute to him via police case.”