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Ultra-left singer Kovan arrested for song against Modi over Cauvery row

The song, which is also available in YouTube, slams the VHP-backed Ram Rajya Rath Yatra that traversed through Tamil Nadu districts last month

Press Trust of India  |  Tiruchirappalli 

Cauvery water row, Prime MINISTER Narendra Modi, Singer Kovan,AIADMK,  Ram Rajya rath yatra, Tamil Nadu, comrade Kovan,
Tamil folk singer Kovan arrested for song against PM Modi

A propagandist singer of a an ultra Left outfit was arrested here today for his alleged "highly deprecative" song against and the ruling regime over the Cauvery issue.

'Comrade' Kovan, Tiruchirappalli district functionary of art and literary outfit "Makkal Kalai Ilakkiya Kazhagam," was arrested and released after a local court granted him bail, a senior police official told PTI.

Acting on a complaint from a BJP functionary, police arrested Kovan under IPC sections including those related to promoting enmity between different groups and provoking breach of public peace.

High drama marked Kovan's arrest with his relatives and friends objecting to him being taken away by police.

They placed vehicles in front of a police van brought in to take the propagandist away. Police personnel had a tough time removing them and arresting him.

"I sang a song against the My song sought Cauvery Management Board. While we seek Cauvery water, they held a rath yatra as a precursor to riots and I have been arrested," Kovan alleged.

The song with alleged objectionable content was sung by Kovan in a protest here last month seeking CMB.

The song, which is also available in YouTube, slams the VHP-backed that traversed through districts last month. It was also allegedly disrespectful of Modi and the regime.

In October 2015, Kovan was arrested on charges of sedition and for uploading defamatory content against the then Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in social media. He was released on bail a month later by a court.

Kovan, used to sing songs holding a traditional drum, was noted for his dance songs with a sharp Left ideology.

First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 23:12 IST