Chandramukhi, a 32-year-old transgender contesting Telangana Assembly elections, has reportedly gone missing on Tuesday, 27 November. Following this, a complaint was registered, the police said.

After Chandramukhi’s disappearance, the trans community in Hyderabad has stated that they will be filing a habeas corpus writ petition in Hyderabad High Court on Wednesday, 28 November. The community will also be filing a complaint with the Telangana Election Commission.

“We are trying to get a noon hearing. We are trying to put pressure on the police to take the matter seriously and hasten the investigation,” said Vaijayanthi Mowgli, the transgender activist who preparing the documents to file with the Election Commission and High Court, “We still have no clarity on her whereabouts as of now,” she added.

Chandramukhi, who was contesting the Telangana elections on a Bahujan Left Front (BLF) ticket, has reportedly been missing since 8.25 am on Tuesday. An FIR was registered at the Banjara Hills Police Station on the basis of missing person complaint. The police have formed a special team comprising around 15 to 20 officers to try and trace her. The police on Tuesday reviewed CCTV footage of Chandramukhi’s residence.

“The last call she received was at 8.17 am on Tuesday and her phone was traced to somewhere around Yaramanzil Colony, around 2 to 3 km away from her residence in Banjara Hills, but is now switched off. She was noticed missing since 8.25 am and the door of her house has been locked from outside,” the Banjara Hills SHO said.

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 against senior Congress leader Mukhesh Goud and BJP leader T Raja Singh.

Chandramukhi is the first and the only transgender candidate out of 1,821 candidates contesting in the Telangana elections, scheduled to be held on December 7. 

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