The Kerala police on Monday arrested top Malayalam actor Dileep in connection with the Malayalam actress kidnap and assault case after having found key evidences in the case. The police officials claim that they have zeroed in on few evidences which are irrefutable and will prove Dileep as the mastermind in the case. Since the incident that happened in February this year, this case has taken many twists after the accused were captured by the police. Let’s take a look at the series of events that have taken place in the Malayalam actress assault case.
On the night of February 17th, 2017, six people kidnapped the actress while she was on her way back to Kochi from Thrissur after a day’s shooting. The actress was kidnapped and sexually assaulted for more than two hours before being let off by the men. The actress then reported the incident to the director of the film she was working on who in turn reported the incident to police.
The very next day, police registered a complaint and started the investigation after the actress identified the culprits. The statement of the actress was recorded in the presence of a magistrate. Since the actress was kidnapped while she was on the way to Kochi, the main suspect was her driver who was taken into custody immediately.
In March 2017, police caught the primes accused Pulsar Suni at the districts court in Kochi. There are two versions to this. Police claim that they had arrested Pulsar Suni aka Sunil Kumar before he reached the court but another version says that Suni was captured at the court when we came to surrender to the court.
In April 2017, rumours started doing rounds that actor Dileep was involved in the kidnapping of the actress and is the mastermind. The actor gave an interview to a leading daily and lashed out at all these rumours about he being involved.
In May 2017, police indicated that there were many top stars from the Malayalam film industry involved in this assault case of the Malayalam actress and the police is investigating it from all angles. This led to much more speculation that Dileep might be involved in this case and could have had a major role to play in all these. Dileep however claimed innocence and said he is being framed in all this.
With so much heat around this case, in June 2017 reports started doing rounds that Pulsar Suni, the prime accused, had given a statement to the police and confessed who all were involved in the kidnap of the actress, which were not confirmed though. The police maintained during this time that the investigation is still on and nothing is confirmed yet.
On June 27th 2017, Dileep reported to the police that he has been receiving calls from someone threatening him and blackmailing him. Dileep also said that he is being ask to pay a huge amount of money and was told that he would be named the mastermind if he didn’t pay that amount.
While this was happening, accused Pulsar Suni’s cell inmate Vishnu told police that he had given a letter to Dileep on behalf of Pulsar Suni which had written clearly about a conspiracy hatched to kidnap and assault the actress. Police, by now, had clear understanding but did not have enough evidence to proceed with the arrest.
On June 29th, police questioned Dileep and his friend Nadirsha in connection with the case which went on for more than 13 hours. Police, however, found contrasting statements from Dileep and Nadrisha, and decided to call both of them for a second round of questioning.
On the July 6th, prime accused Pulsar Suni had said that ‘big sharks’ will be caught while he was being taken to the court and had a brief interaction with the media.
On 10th of July, police call in Dileep to question about the Malayalam actress abduction case and after long hours of interrogation, police found enough evidence to arrest Dileep in connection with the case.
Dileep is currently kept in a sub jail in Aluva and has been sent to judicial custody for 14 days by the court. Dileep has been claiming innocence and had said this morning after coming out of the magistrate’s house that he has been framed and he will soon be out of all this.