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Malayali star Dileep arrested in Malayali actress molestation case

Malayali actor Dileep's most popular films include "Meesha Madhavan" (2002), "Punjabi House" (1998), "C.I.D Moosa" (2003), and "Thilakkam" (2003). Photograph: (Twitter)

WION Web Team Kochi, Kerala, India Jul 10, 2017, 04.20 PM (IST)

Malayali superstar Dileep was arrested in Kerala's Kochi on Monday for allegedly conspiring in the abduction and sexual assault of a Malayali actress in Kochi.

A police officer, who is overseeing the investigation in the case, told PTI that Dileep was arrested for the second time after questioning in view of the fresh revelations in the case.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's office also confirmed the news of the arrest.

The actor was reportedly taken into custody to probe the conspiracy angle in the actress's abduction after the arrest of her driver, key suspect Pulsar Suni. 

On investigations, the police had found that Pulsar Suni had been contacting Dileep's close friend, filmmaker Nadirshah and people having links with the actor's alleged accomplice Appunni.

Pulsar Suni contacted Nadirshah over the phone from prison on at least three occasions, police said.

Police discovered that Pulsar Suni had frequently contacted people known to Appunni by examining his SIM cards. Appunni had returned calls on some occasions, the police found in their probe.

On February 17, the actress was molested in a moving car when she was travelling to Kochi for work. She was held captive in the car for almost two hours and molested by four men who also took her photographs on their cellphone. She was dumped near the house of a director, who informed the police.

Six people, including Pulsar Suni were arrested.

On June 29, police had questioned Dileep and Nadirshah for nearly 13 hours after revelations made by 'Pulsar' Suni.

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