Naga Baba beaten black & Blue by transgenders in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: In yet another instance of hooliganism by transgenders, a Naga Baba was beaten black and blue in Khandagiri area here today. A case has been registered at the Khandagiri police station in this regard.

As per sources, a group of kinnars entered into the ashram of the Baba in Ghatikia area during a police raid in the locality, infamous for assemblage of transgenders,  after dark.

When the ‘Baba’ objected, the Kinnars abused him and went away.

Later, over 10 Kinnars barged into his Ashram, dragged him on the road, stripped and thrashed him till police reached the spot and rescued the Baba. Investigation is on into the incident though no complaint has been lodged in this regard yet.

On the other hand, the transgenders have leveled allegations against the Baba stating that the latter misbehaved with them.

” I heard that the Baba physically assaulted a Kinnar which triggered the whole episode. But I don’t know how far is this true. Let the police investigate and take action accordingly,” said Meghna Sahu, secretary, All Odisha Kinnar Association.

Sources said the Baba has been opposing the Kinnars for their involvement in various ‘wrong’ activities.

“Since the Baba opposed their activities, the Kinnars threatened him of dire consequences a few days ago. Yesterday, they came and attacked him,” said Jyotiranjan Paikaray, an onlooker.

On May 30, a transgender was arrested for allegedly looting Rs 80,000 from the staff of a private hospital here citing medical negligence. Similarly in December 2016, another Kinnar was arrested for reportedly looting a hotel owner in the guise of a ‘Tantrik’.

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