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Missing Mukilan surfaces in Tirupati, brought to Chennai
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Missing Mukilan surfaces in Tirupati, brought to Chennai

S Murari

Social activist Mukilan, who went missing on Feb 15 hours after releasing at the Chennai Press Club a documentary on police excesses in Thoothukudi during public agitation Sterlite copper smelter plant, was found in Tirupati station by the Railway Protection Force on Saturday.

As the Chennai CID had registered a missing person case after he disappeared from the Egmore station, the RPF Andhra Pradesh handed him over to the Tamil Nadu police at Katpadi station. From there he was brought to Crime Branch CID office in Chennai on Sunday. It questioned him about the whole episode.

Mukilan surfaced before the Madras High Court was to take up for hearing on Monday a habeas corpus petition filed by his wife.

The Andhra Police video recorded the event after he was taken into custody. It showed a heavily bearded Mukilan looking haggard. When he was produced before a local hospital before being taken to Katpadi, he told reportedly said he was abducted and tortured in illegal custody. He also showed an injury on his knee.

The whole issue is shrouded in mystery as Mukilan has surfaced days after the CB CID told the high court that he would be traced in a few weeks.

Mukilan’s wife filed a habeas corpus petition on Feb 18, three days after he went missing from Egmore Station where he had gone to board a Madurai- bound train. On Feb 22, the high court directed the police to file a status report.

The case was transferred to the Crime Branch CID on Feb 25 and it put up posters all over the State. On March 18, the CID filed a nine-page report in court.

On June 6, it told the court that it had got clues about his whereabouts and he would be traced in a few weeks. On June 27, it filed its third report in court, saying the investigation was going in the right direction.

Ten days later, he has surfaced.

When the case comes up for hearing before the Madras High Court on Monday, the CID is expected to file its final report which will more light on his disappearance in Chennai and his reappearance in Tirupati railway station.