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Malayalam Actress Allegedly Molested, Released After An Hour

One accused has been arrested.

18/02/2017 10:38 PM IST | Updated 18/02/2017 10:42 PM IST
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KOCHI -- A Malayalam actress was allegedly abducted and molested on Friday night in the Ernakulam district of Kerala.

Her former driver Martin, who worked with the actress for a day, has been arrested and another driver Sunil, who, according to police, is the main accused, is absconding.

The incident, reportedly, took place while the actress was returning from a shoot, when Sunil and Martin forcefully entered the car and tried to take her pictures.

According to police, the victim was held in the car for an hour, after which, she was dropped near her residence at around 10.30 pm.

A case of kidnapping and molestation has been registered against the accused and the investigation is on.

Lok Sabha member Innocent, President of Association of Malayalam Movie Artists, told reporters that he has tried to get in touch with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan over the incident.

"I was told by his secretary that he is enroute to Delhi. I will speak to him later. I also spoke to the head of the police force Loknath Behra, who has assured me that the police are doing their job and all behind it would be arrested," said Innocent.

Leader of opposition Ramesh Chennithala, currently on a day-long protest at his home constituency near Alappuzha over the "sudden deterioration" of the law and order situation in the state, expressed shock over the incident.

"If this is the plight of a celebrity, what can one say about ordinary people. This is really shocking," said Chennithala, a former Home Minister.

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