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The News Minute | March 15, 2015 | 10.20 am IST At 82 years, Traffic Ramaswamy looks frail and weak. However, the Chennai-based activist who has been responsible for filing over 400 PILS in the past is currently recuperating in a Chennai hospital after an arrest in the early hours of Thursday morning. Picked up at 4am on Thursday by the police, he was taken to a woman magistrate’s house after which he was remanded to judicial custody. An arrest that began after a restaurant owner CS Veeramani lodged a complaint against the activist for issuing death threats to him, according to the police, the issue itself caught the eye of the judiciary after Ramaswamy’s health worsened in prison. Lodged in Puzhal jail for a night, he was quickly moved to the government hospital after his health worsened. It was then that Madras High Court judge TS Sivagnanam questioned the necessity for arresting Ramaswamy early in the morning. Even though he did not agree with Ramaswamy’s modus operandi, he directed the government to move him from the government hospital to the Super Speciality Hospital in Omandurar on Saturday, reported The New Indian Express. Ramaswamy who was in the midst of removing unauthorised hoardings on a road in Chennai, got into an argument with Veeramani over complaints that he was blocking traffic while giving an interview to a television channel. Ramaswamy had been admitted to the government hospital early on Friday in an unconscious state. However, after treatment in the IMCU, he was moved to the convict’s ward. Thereafter, the activist was once again moved to the IMCU over urine retention problems, The New Indian Express reported. Read Traffic Ramaswamy - one man in Chennai everyone needs to know about According to Veeramani’s legal counsel, the complaint had been filed after the activist had threatened the restaurant owner when he had complained to him over the blocking of traffic while he was removing posters on Wednesday. However, CS Veeramani has now withdrawn the charge against the activist that he had damaged his car’s windshield. Though Veeramani agreed that his windshield was not damaged, he said that his car had been dented after Ramaswamy stoned it. Read 82-year-old Traffic Ramaswamy's arrest: Is the Tamil Nadu police treating its activists with disdain? Tweet Follow @thenewsminute

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