He was detained by the police at Tirupati railway station. A special team of the Crime Branch CID of the Tamil Nadu police took him into custody at Katpadi. He will be brought to Chennai.
The news of Mr. Mugilan being spotted in Tirupati was conveyed to the Tamil Nadu police by Henri Tiphagne, Executive Director, Peoples’ Watch, a human rights organisation. "We are happy that he has been spotted alive. I have passed on this information to the Tamil Nadu police for appropriate action," he said, adding that the CB-CID should rescue the activist from the Andhra Pradesh police and produce him before the Madras High Court. However, Andhra Pradesh DGP Gautham Sawang told The Hindu that the activist had not been arrested by the State police.