Chandramukhi M, a 32-year-old transwoman activist contesting the Telangana Assembly elections, had allegedly gone missing on Tuesday, the police said. Chandramukhi M, who is contesting on a CPI(M)-led Bahujan Left Front (BLF) ticket from the Goshamahal constituency in Hyderabad, went missing from her home following which a case was lodged at the Banjara Hills police station. She is pitted against senior Congress leader Mukhesh Goud and BJP leader T Raja Singh.
Fellows from the transgender community were unable to locate her all day, the police said based on a complaint. "She has been unreachable and her mother has been in a state of extreme despair. She is feared to be kidnapped," the complaint filed by Chandramukhi's followers with the Banjara Hills police station, said.
As an activist with the Telangana Hijra Intersex Transgender Samiti, Chandramukhi had protested atrocities upon members of the transgender and hijra communities and had always been an outspoken voice at many rallies and public events upholding the self-respect of transgender people. Her decision to contest was also a decision that she felt would help the entire community, they said.
"We fear for her safety and condemn the lack of safety measures organised for her and for other women and transgender candidates, which acts as a strong force that dissuades transgender people and women from joining politics," her supporters said as quoted by news agency PTI.
Chandramukhi's campaign kicked off just one day before she went missing, her supporters said and demanded that police act immediately to trace her.
Reports of Chandramukhi going missing come even as a candidate from Gajwel constituency, who had reportedly gone missing after filing his nomination papers on November 22, was produced before the Hyderabad High Court Tuesday, a day after the court directed the police to produce him before it.
The Samajwadi Forward Bloc party, represented by its national president L Muralidhar Rao, had filed a petition in the court complaining that the party candidate K Dinesh Chakravarthy's whereabouts were not known after he filed his nomination papers. The constituency is represented by Telangana Rashtra Samithi leader and caretaker chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.