After many rounds of questioning, Malayalam star Dileep was arrested on Monday for the kidnapping and sexual assault of an actress in February. Actor Dileep has been arrested for his prima facie role in a conspiracy and to facilitate further investigation as well as evidence collections.
Mr Dileep was questioned last month for over 12 hours after he claimed he and a director were being blackmailed for 1.5 crores by the kidnappers, including the actress’ driver Pulsar Suni, the main accused. He was interrogated again on Monday and then arrested. Late on Monday night, Mr Dileep’s restaurant Dhe Puttu was vandalised by ab angry mob in Kerala’s Kozhikode District.
On February 17, the actress, while travelling by road to Kochi for work, was held captive in a moving car for nearly two hours while four men molested her and also took photos on their cellphones. She was dumped near the house of a director, who called the police. On June 29, the police took statements of Mr Dileep and the director who had filed the blackmail complaint.
The political thriller recently hit a major roadblock just days ahead of its scheduled release date as the team was yet to finish the dubbing works of the movie. Recently, director Arun and producer Tomichan Mulakupaadam had requested the audience to support the movie, amid the recent controversies related to Dileep.