Tamil weekly ed­i­tor ar­rested

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SE­NIOR jour­nal­ist and Tamil weekly Nakkheeran ed­i­tor RR Gopal was ar­rested at the Chen­nai air­port yes­ter­day, trig­ger­ing wide­spread con­dem­na­tion from po­lit­i­cal lead­ers.

The po­lice said Gopal was ar­rested on a com­plaint from Raj Bhavan for al­legedly pub­lish­ing ar­ti­cles defam­a­tory of Tamil Nadu gover­nor Ban­war­i­lal Puro­hit.

The ar­ti­cles linked the of­fice of the gover­nor to Nir­mala Devi, an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor who was ar­rested some time ago for al­legedly lur­ing col­lege girls to pro­vide sex­ual favours to of­fi­cials of the Madu­rai Ka­ma­raj Uni­ver­sity.

MDMK leader Vaiya­puri Gopal­samy was ar­rested af­ter protest­ing out­side the Chin­tadripet po­lice sta­tion af­ter the po­lice re­fused per­mis­sion to meet Gopal.

He said Gopal’s ar­rest was an at­tempt to sup­press me­dia free­dom. – IANS

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