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A folk singer has been arrested by the Chennai police for making a song in which he criticised the Tamil Nadu government for the alcoholism in the state, with the police booking him for sedition for using alleged derogatory remarks against AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa in the lyrics. 

S Kovan, who is a member of the Makkal Kalai Ilakkiya Kazhagam, a performance group that deals with political issues, was arrested from his house in Trichy in the wee hours of Friday.

According to reports, the MKIK is accused of carrying out revolutionary activities in Tamil Nadu.

"They did not tell us initially why he was being arrested, only when he was taken in and they were on their way to Chennai did they tell us," another artiste from the group told The News Minute

In the song that was sung by Kovan, a reference is made to Jayalalithaa's Poes Garden residence in Chennai, with the singer blaming her for the state being under the influence of alcohol. 

The song has reportedly gone viral after it was shared on WhatsApp and social media. 

Kovan has been booked under various sections of the IPC, including 124 (A) (sedition), The Times of India reported.