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.