Tamil weekly editor arrested
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