Tamil Nadu environmental activist spotted after being missing for 6 months
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.
#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. @karthickselvaa @GunasekaranMu @ThanthiTVHenri Tiphagne (@Tiphagne) July 6, 2019
A hashtag saying #MugilanIsSafe has been trending on Twitter after he was spotted.
Feels good to see him back... Such a brave heart tat just refused to give up or surrender..Sumaiya Ansari (@Sumima007) July 7, 2019
Despite this misery he decides to stand and fight for people ... May God be with u
Thank you Mugilan#RELEASEMUGILAN#MugilanIsSafe #Mugilan pic.twitter.com/0BxHTOfJhw
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.