The kidnapping of a popular Malayalam actress had come as a shock to the entire state. Though there were rumours of a possible conspiracy, when the police filed a charge sheet against the key accused Pulsar Suni, it was believed that the truth will never come out. But the brilliant actions by the police has revealed some startling aspects and this has led to the arrest of Dileep, known as the Janapriya Nayakan of Malayalam cinema.
Here is a chronology of events that led to the arrest of one of Malayalam’s most saleable heroes.
Feb 17, 2017: It all begins during a fateful trip when the actress was kidnapped and subjected to brutal harassment. The actress goes to the house of actor and director Lal, near Kakkanad. A complaint is registered.
Feb 18: The actors under AMMA organizes a public meeting in Kochi announcing support to the actress. Interestingly, Dileep was one of the main speakers at the event. However, actress Manju Warrier, Dileep’s ex-wife, suggested a conspiracy behind the whole incident during her speech there.
Feb 19: The Police announced driver Pulsar Suni as the key accused in the case. A search for him is initiated.
Feb 23: Pulsar Suni arrested dramatically, when he and another accused arrived at a court in
Apr 20: Dileep claims that he filed a police complaint against a blackmail charge. The actor and friend Nadhirshah said that they were called by Pulsar Suni’s cellmate Vishnu to give a hefty sum not to be included in their statements.
Jun 24: Dileep and Nadhirshah files complaint against Pulsar Suni. They talk about being framed by the media.
Jun 25: The blackmail letter allegedly written by Pulsar Suni to Dileep comes out.
Jun 28: Dileep and Nadhirshah interrogated by the police for 13 hours
Jun 29: The AMMA meeting where the actors expressed their support to Dileep. The press conference that followed saw curious scenes. Actors Mukesh and Ganesh Kumar, shouted at the media persons when they asked about the case. Some of the members of AMMA even booed at the media persons. The silence of Mammootty and Mohanlal was particularly noted.
Jul 10: Dileep arrested.
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