TDoR 2023 / 2023 / August / 27 / Raja Patra

Raja Patra

Age 15 to 18

27 Aug 2023
Rajamunda, Odisha (India)
Run over

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Raja Patra

Raja was one of two trans people run over by a truck early in the morning on the highway near the Rajamunda bypass. The driver fled the scene.

Both victims were known to the truck driver and they reportedly had a fierce quarrel on Saturday. In consequence it is alleged that the killings were deliberate.

ROURKELA: Two days after two transgenders were run over by a truck on the National Highway (NH) 143, Lahunipada police in Bonai sub-division of Sundargarh district have launched a manhunt to search the accused driver, on the run.

Lahunipada police was treating it as an accident case till a delegation of Sundargarh Transgender and Kinner Association on Tuesday met the Rourkela SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra alleging it to be a murder case. After meeting the SP the association president Joya Tripathy said they apprised the SP that it was a murder. After hearing them, the SP called the IIC GB Nayak and instructed him to take appropriate action as per the written complaint filed by the association.

Meanwhile, Lahunipada police said efforts have been intensified to nab the accused driver who after the incident fled to Bihar and still absconding. A case was earlier registered under IPC section 304 A.

Bonai SDPO Swaraj Debata had earlier told this paper that the deceased transgenders, Rath Kisan (23) and Raja Patra (18), were riding a two-wheeler on Sunday when the truck accidentally hit them on NH-143 near Rajamunda bypass.

Report added: 2 Nov 2023. Last updated: 9 Nov 2023

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