Hyderabad: A rowdy-sheeter who used to harass transgenders and was involved in 10 cases including the murder of a transgender, was arrested by the Banjara Hills police on Tuesday.
Based on a complaint from Yasmeen, 28, a transgender, police nabbed K. Venkatesh, alias Granite Venkat, 28, after tracking him for six months.
DCP, West, A.R. Srinivas, said Venkatesh was married to one Anitha.
When she went to her mother’s home for delivery, he started a live-in relationship with a transgender Divya in 2009. When he got to know that he had twins, he dumped Divya. Divya went to his native place in Anantapur district and staged a protest in front his residence after which his wife left him. This made him hold a grudge against the transgender community.
Venkatesh and his four accomplices allegedly barged into Yasmeen’s house, threatened her and her 16-year-old daughter and demanded monthly mamool.
He abused her physically, snatched the keys of the almirah and took 50 grams of gold ornaments and Rs 2 lakh cash.
According to police, Venkatesh was roaming around the country to escape from the police and was arrested on Thursday. His associates M. Kalyan Kumar, K. Vikesh, N. Anil Kumar and M. Sai Kumar were arrested long ago.
Venkat is said to be involved in more than 10 cases including the murder of a transgender, Pravalika and was out on bail.
Lawrence Jesudas, transgender and human rights activist said, “Transgenders are humiliated, harassed and even sexually molested. Venkat is supported by some political parties and hence he easily gets bail.”