Tamil folk singer Kovan among over 50 held in Chennai for JNU protest

  • PTI, Chennai
  • Updated: Feb 18, 2016 20:24 IST
A file photo of Tamil Nadu folk singer S Kovan. (KV Lakshmana/ HT Photo)

Tamil folk singer Shiva Raj, aka Comrade Kovan, was detained with over 50 others by the police in Chennai on Thursday for protesting against the arrest of JNU students’ union leader Kanhaiya Kumar on the charge of sedition.

Kovan, who had earlier been arrested by the state government on charges of sedition, and 57 others were held for protesting near the Shastri Bhavan in the state capital, which houses central government offices, police said.

The protestors, who raised slogans against the BJP-led Central government, demanded the release of Kumar.

Kovan was arrested last year under sedition for allegedly insulting chief minister J Jayalalithaa in a song, “Moodu Tasmacai Moodu” (Shut down the TASMACS). TASMACS are state-run liquor outlets in Tamil Nadu.

The song was part of his campaign against the state government’s liquor policy.

He was later granted bail by the sessions court in November.

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