Hyderabad: The transgender candidate, Chandramukhi Muvvala, has been reportedly missing for the past 20 hours. She was contesting the Telangana Assembly elections on a Bahujan Left Front (BLF) ticket. The transgender community of Hyderabad on Wednesday said that they would be filing a habeas corpus writ petition with the state high court and they'd also file a complaint with the Telangana Election Commission.   

On Tuesday, a missing person’s complaint was filed at the Banjara Hills police station based on which the FIR was registered. Muvvala has been presumably missing since Tuesday from 8:25 AM. A special team of 15-20 officers have been assigned to trace her whereabouts. The CCTV at her residence was reviewed on the same day by the police. No information regarding the same has been released so far. Reports say that her phone was last found near Yaramanzil Colony, which is around 2 to 3 km away from her residence. Her house door was locked from the outside. 

The last call on her phone was at 8:17 AM. The person on call was identified as Raju, a BLF party worker. Sandhya, President Progressive Organisation of Women (POW), who identified the number, said that he had called to talk about election-related issues.   

Commenting on the incident, the Telangana Hijra Trans Samiti released a press report. They said, "We fear for her safety and condemn the lack of safety measures organised for her and for other women and transgender candidates. This acts as a strong force that dissuades transgender persons and women from joining politics. Chandramukhi’s campaign kicked off just one day before she went missing.”  

Vaijayanthi Mowgli, a transgender activist said that she is preparing documents that could be used in both the cases at the high court and at the Election Commission.  

Muvvala is contesting from the Goshamahal constituency in Hyderabad against BJP’s Raja Singh and Congress’ Mukesh Goud. She is a well known leader from the community.