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Eunuch strangled inside Vikhroli home

mumbai Updated: Nov 27, 2010 01:46 IST
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A 67-year-old eunuch was allegedly killed by four unidentified accused on Friday at Vikhroli (West). The deceased, identified as Asha Ansar alias Gopiamma, was the chairperson of the All India Hijra Association.

“Four unidentified accused entered Ansar’s residence at the BMC chawl in Parksite area,” said sub-inspector Raju Shirke from Parksite police station.

“Three other eunuchs who were present in the room were also threatened by the accused who were carrying choppers. After locking the others in a bathroom, the accused strangled Ansar with a wire.”

An officer requesting anonymity said: “The victim’s domestic help, Salma, had stepped out of the house at 1pm. When she returned 15 minutes later, she found Ansar’s body. She unlocked the door of the bathroom after she heard the others shouting for help.”

The officer said that Ansar was taken to Rajawadi Hospital where she was declared dead on arrival.

Bashir Shaikh, a social worker in the area, alleged: “Ansar was involved in a property dispute with a builder over a plot she owned in Bhandup. We suspect the builder was behind the attack.”

Shaikh said since Ansar was the chairperson of the All India Hijra Association, she had many followers. “Eunuchs from Bangkok and Sri Lanka had come to the city to attend an annual conference that she had organised,” he said, adding that Ansar was actively involved in social work and also played matchmaker for poor girls in the area.

Around 150-200 eunuchs assembled near Ansar’s house after receiving the news of her death.

Initially, the police registered an accidental death report. However, after protests from Ansar’s followers, they registered a case of murder against unidentified accused.

Inspector S Bhosle from Parksite police station said they were investigating the case.

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