While a transperson, Farzana, for PP Thottam had lodged a complaint against him with the Aminjikarai police back in March that he cheated her of Rs 1.5 lakh, the police allegedly issued a CSR receipt and did not arrest him citing COVID related work and lockdown.
Meanwhile, Farzana received information that Mohammed Hussain cheated another transperson, Fathima, in Thoothukudi after which the latter committed suicide by self-immolation. She gathered her friends and staged a protest in front of the Aminjikarai police station on Saturday. Following that, a special team went to Thoothukudi and arrested Mohammed Hussain from Petmanagaram village in Srivaikundam Taluk.
Investigation revealed that Mohammed Hussain, who was doing odd jobs, befriended Farzana claiming to a rich man. He received about Rs 1.5 lakh from her and later abandoning her.
"He went to Coimbatore where he met Fathima, also a transperson, and even married her before moving to Thoothukudi. However, a dispute erupted between them over the construction of a house as he had spent her savings. She fought with him and attempted self-immolation recently. She died without responding to treatment on Friday. As she did not mention Mohammed Hussain in her dying declaration, the local police did not arrest him," said an official. During the investigation, Mohammed Hussain reportedly told the police that he prefers transpersons over women as the former are more caring and innocent. He was remanded in judicial custody on Sunday.