A 38-year-old transgender who immolated herself in front of a city police station last night alleging harassment from police officials, died this morning.
Taara, who is a resident of Choolaimedu, had poured petrol on herself around 5 am and immolated herself in front of the Pondy Bazaar police station, which is located in the heart of T Nagar, the city’s shopping hub.
An activist, who heard it from Taara’s friends, said Taara was found covered with mud on the ground by the time they managed to reach the police station.
It is alleged that a team of patrolling police had an argument with Clara last night, when she was trying to park her two-wheeler in Pondy Bazaar.
Further, the Pondy Bazaar Traffic Investigation police also seized her vehicle.
Police said they refused to hand over the scooter to Taara because she was drunk when she came to the police station. After an argument with the police, she went out and suddenly set herself on fire.