Members of the MKIK said that officers of the Chennai police arrived at folk-singer and MKIK member Kovan’s house at Oraiyur in Trichy at 2 am on October 30 and detained him.
Folk artist and activist Kovan
A member of the Makkal Kalai Ilakkiya Kazhagam (MKIK) performing arts group based in Trichy has been arrested by Chennai police for criticising the Jayalalithaa government in Tamil Nadu. Folk artist and activist Kovan was picked up by the police after he had recently released a song on alcoholism in the state, blaming the Jayalalithaa government for the same, said News Minute.The Chennai police and lawyer representing Kovan, Gym Raj Milton, have said that Kovan has been arrested under 124A (sedition), 153 (attempt to create enmity between social groups) and 502/1 (sale any printed or engraved substance containing defamatory matter) by the Chennai city crime branch police, said News Minute.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Members of the MKIK said that officers of the Chennai police arrived at folk-singer and MKIK member Kovan’s house at Oraiyur in Trichy at 2 am on October 30 and detained him.Supporters of Kovan also gathered in Chennai to protest his arrest, reported NewsMinute. Kovan was brought to the DGP’s office in Chennai on Friday morning.In the soundtrack released by MKIK, Kovan sings that the whole of Tamil Nadu is under the influence of alcohol and ‘Poes’ is rejoicing at that, ‘Poes’ being a reference to the residence of TN CM Jayalalithaa at Poes Garden in Chennai.He protests about the increasing prices of education and food in Tamil Nadu, and then sings that, “If you don’t cry out that she is your saviour, you will be killed”.He has been arrested for two of his songs, ‘Moodu Tasmac Moodu’ and ‘Ooruku oru Sarayam’.Opposition parties including the DMK have been calling for a ban on liquor in the state of Tamil Nadu.