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Tamil Nadu environmental activist spotted after being missing for 6 months

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Tamil Nadu environmental activist spotted after being missing for 6 months

T Mugilan has been protesting against government projects and had alleged the involvement of top police officials in the violence during the anti-Sterlite protest that took place on May 22, 2018 in Thoothukudi district, Tamil Nadu.

Tamil Nadu-based environmental T Mugilan, who went missing five months ago, was found at a railway station in Andhra Pradesh. He was detained by the Tamil Nadu police at Tirupati railway station on Saturday.

T Mugilan has been protesting against government projects and had alleged the involvement of top police officials in the violence during the anti-Sterlite protest that took place on May 22, 2018 in Thoothukudi district of Tamil Nadu. Political parties and rights activists were worried about his safety since he was reported missing.

Henri Tiphagne, a human rights activist and Executive Director of People's Watch, spotted T Mugilan, who has been missing since February 15, at the Tirupati police station and informed the police immediately.


A hashtag saying #MugilanIsSafe has been trending on Twitter after he was spotted.

On February 15 T Mugilan had held a news conference in Chennai alleging police's involvement in the Tuticorin police firing of 2018 in which 13 people protesting against Vedanta's copper smelter were killed.

Soon after the conference, T Mugilan disappeared under mysterious circumstances after boarding a train to Madurai at Egmore station.

A video in which he can be seen raising slogans against the plans to dump nuclear waste in Kudankulam and demanding the release of Tamils locked in jails due to lack of legal help has been widely shared on social media.

Tamil Nadu police have been on the lookout for him in a rape and cheating case.