With social media messages going viral that gangs are out to carry out kidnappings and burglaries, the apprehensive masses sometimes go too far.
It is in this context the death of a transgender person at Chandrayangutta in Hyderabad is being seen.
The person was beaten to death by locals.
It is said that another man who came to rescue also sustained injuries.
According to police, two transgenders and the man have been seen in the locality only recently.
Originally from Mahabubnagar, they were here to seek alms from locals during the holy month of Ramzan, it was informed.
It was when they were seen on Saturday night moving in the locality, some miscreants raised an alarm that the transgender has come to kidnap children.
The situation worsened when the rumor led to heated arguments between the trio and the locals entered into a fight.
More locals gathered in the meantime and beat them up. One of them died on the spot.