Poisoned candy sent to rival trans leader ends in death of two teenagers

Poisoned candy sent to rival trans leader ends in death of two teenagers

Trans women at rally for their rights in Bangladesh. | Photo: Flickr/Labib Ittihadul

The alleged attempted murder of a trans leader via poisoned candy in India has lead to the tragic death of two teenagers and left two more people in a critical condition.

A trans leader named Shabnam, in the city of Bijnor near the capital New Delhi, allegedly sent her rival Liyaquat Qureshi a box of candy on Saturday.

The two were involved in a bitter turf war which was seemingly resolved after the attended a local panchayat (village council), according to report in the Times of India.

A young man delivered the box of candy, seen as an act of goodwill, to Qureshi on Shabnam’s behalf.

Young, unintended victims

But Qureshi’s three teenage nieces and her nephew’s wife ate some of the candy, which made them sick.

Two of the nieces aged 17 and 15 died after eating the candy. The third niece aged 12 and the other woman aged 25 are in a critical condition hospital.

Bijnor’s Police Superintendent (SP) Prabhakar Chaudhary said police arrested Shabnam for murder. He said the others allegedly involved in the crime are still on the run.

‘We have sent pieces of partially digested food retrieved during postmortem to the forensic laboratory for testing,’ he said.

‘An FIR (First Information Report) under section 302 (murder) has been registered against the accused persons.’

‘Shabnam has been arrested while the rest are on the run.’


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