Mugilan found in Tirupati, TN cops take him into custody, wife injured in mishap

Tamil Nadu-based environmental activist T Mugilan, missing for nearly six months and facing sexual assault case, was found in Tirupati railway station on Saturday. He was brought back to Tamil Nadu after the police handed over the activist to TN police at Katpadi around midnight.

Henri Tiphagne, human rights activist and executive director of People’s Watch, tweeted: “#Mugilan seen alive on 1st  platform Tirupathy Rly station by  passenger on  train standing on  1st  platform proceeding to Rajamundary at 7 PM. Info passed on to his wife by this person. Mr. Jaffar Sait DHP TN CBCID duly informed.”

The Andhra railway police claimed that they had no clue who he was. Tirupati Urban Superintendent of Police KKN Anburajan said, “Mugilan was picked up by the Tirupati unit of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and was handed over to their Chennai counterparts, who then handed him over to the CBCID in Chennai.”

Mugilan, who was involved in last year’s anti-Sterlite protests, went missing from a train while travelling to Madurai from Chennai. Hours before his disappearance, the activist had met journalists in Chennai to release a documentary – Koluthiyathu Yaar? Maraikkapatta Unmaigal (Who burnt it? The Hidden Truths).

The CBCID which was searching for Mugilan seriously for the past six months was swift enough to take him custody from Andhra police and brought him to Chennai in lightning speed. Even last month they informed the Madras High Court in the Habeas Corpus Petition that they now have vital clues.

Meanwhile, Mugilan’s wife Poonkodi sustained minor injuries after the car she was travelling in crashed into a median following a tyre burst at Thatchur near Kallakurichi in Villupuram district around 8.15 a.m. on July 7.

His wife had also filed a habeus corpus petition at the Madras high court. The state police are also on the lookout for him in a rape and cheating case.