3 November 2015

Rights group: Release Indian folk singer accused of sedition

Members of Communist Party of India and Liberation Panthers participate in a protest in Chennai, India, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. An international rights group on Tuesday demanded the release of an Indian folk singer arrested S. Kovan on charges including sedition for writing songs criticizing a state official for not banning liquor sales.
An international rights group on Tuesday demanded the release of an Indian folk singer arrested on charges including sedition for writing songs criticizing a state official for not banning liquor sales.
Police arrested S. Kovan on Friday for accusing J. Jayalalitha, the chief minister of southern Tamil Nadu state, and her government of profiting from state-run liquor shops at the expense of the poor. A large number of poor people die in India every year from drinking cheap tainted liquor.