It has been nearly a week since a prominent Malayalam actor was allegedly abducted and assaulted in Kochi. But the state police could not make any breakthrough in tracing the prime accused, Pulsar Suni, who is at large, even as state Minister for Cultural Affairs A.K. Balan said arrests would be made in the case “even if God is an accused”.
Things have become more complicated as there have even been reports doing the rounds that people who are a part of the Kerala film industry might just have a role to play.
Though the cops have managed to nab three people in relation to the case including the actor’s driver Martin, they failed to establish a credible lead, which prompted criticism against the force. Further, the police have not revealed the progress of information. Just after the incident, cops has said that they would nail all the accused within 24 hours.
The 30-year-old actor, who was returning to Kochi after a shoot in Thrissur, said in her complaint that she was abducted by the seven-member gang and assaulted for nearly two hours in her car. She said they also took photographs of her. The victim also told the police that Pulsar Suni committed the crime at the behest of others. Sunil reportedly told the actress that he had been hired to kidnap her and if she resisted, he would have to use force.
The Kerala High Court on Tuesday posted Suni’s anticipatory bail application for 3 March, giving the police further time to arrest him and save their face, as he was able to meet his counsel.
Several police officials dressed in plain clothes waited near courts, in and around Kochi to arrest the prime accused with reports that he might come on the sly and surrender before a court on Tuesday.
According to reports, the police have prepared a list of people from the film industry from whom statements would be taken as they have got call details of the prime accused, who had contacts with several people in Mollywood, including a popular actor. The cops have reportedly grilled the popular actor on Tuesday.
The Opposition leader and former Home Minister, Ramesh Chennithala, has condemned the attack and has said that the incident shows the deterioration of law and order.
Former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that time is running out to arrest the prime accused and people are waiting to know the truth.
“The proof that the probe is on the right track is when results emerge, but in this case, the prime accused is still at large,” Chandy said on Tuesday at Malappuram.
BJP state general secretary AN Radhakrishnan alleged that the prime accused was helped by state police to give the slip.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had said stern action will be taken against the attackers. “It is an unfortunate incident... Police are looking into the case seriously and stern action will be taken against those responsible for it,” he said in Delhi on Sunday.
Meanwhile, senior CPI(M) leader Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and MV Jayarajn have said that the incident is an isolated one, while leaders of its ruling ally CPI countered it.
Police have come under pressure after reports suggesting that Suni is also an accused of other incidents in the similar fashion.