KOCHI: Dileep’s arrest had all the makings of a classic crime thriller - the suspense gripping and the conclusion scintillating.It was on Monday morning, ‘Meesamadhavan’ - a Robin Hood-like character essayed by Dileep in the box office hit of the same name - landed in police net. Right from the beginning, the police maintained tight secrecy and kept the actor in a police hideout away from the glare of cameras. By around 6pm rumours started swirling about Dileep’s arrest by Aluva police and his subsequent interrogation. As news spread, hundreds thronged the Aluva Police Club to confirm the arrest.
Subsequently, the police confirmed the arrest and this was followed by the actor being brought to the Police Club. The actor clad in a white kurta appeared unruffled and even waved at the onlookers from the rear seat of the white scorpio car which brought him to the Police Club.
As the police was aware of the huge crowd the actor was brought in a vehicle without beacon light and not bearing a police board. While Rural SP A V George was seated in front, Crime Branch SP Sudarshan and CI Baiju Paulose were seated beside the actor inside the vehicle. All the officers were in civvies.
“Since a celebrity had been arrested we tried to maintain utmost secrecy. Hence, we brought him in a vehicle which looked like a private carrier,, said a top police officer. The police team also cordoned off the Police Club premises.
Meanwhile, dramatic scenes were witnessed after DYFI, BJP and Congress workers took out marches to the Police Club. While DYFI activists raised slogans hailing Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and demanded an inquiry against Aluva MLA Anwar Sadath, who allegedly provided assistance to Dileep to save him from the case, Congress and BJP workers demanded action against Innocent MP and LDF legislators and actors Mukesh and Ganesh Kumar who supported Dileep.
Tension prevailed in front of the Club premises as the protests lasted a few hours But the police personnel managed to bring the situation under control.
Another feather in Behera’s cap
T’Puram: State Police Chief Loknath Behera has added yet another feather in his cap with the arrest of actor Dileep in the sensational actress assault case. Ten days after assuming office in his second stint as the state police chief (SPC), Behera has been able to make a breakth-rough. The arrest draws a parallel with the cracking of the sensational Jisha murder case in June 2016. The arrest of Dileep assumed significance in the backdrop of former SPC TP Senkumar’s remarks he was questioned for 13 hours without sufficient evidence.
Senkumar had criticised ADGP B Sandhya for lack of coordination with the investigation team and issued a circular in this regard. However, soon after assuming office, Behera rejected the allegations and stated the investigation was progressing in the right direction. The actor’s arrest on Monday also vindicated Behera’s stand. One of the first challenges before Behera in his first stint as SPC was the probe into the Jisha murder case. Within 25 days of assuming office, the former NIA officer cracked the case, arres-ting Ameer-Ul -Islam. The failure in hand-ling Jisha case was termed as one of the reasons for the removal of Senkumar as SPC. Incidentally, it was Behera’s turn in his second stint to break another sensational case.
Shady colour of Mollywood
2015: Actor Shine Tom Chacko was arrested in sensational cocaine case. Case is under trial procedure now.
2013: Actor Dileep himself was in dock after his residences and office were raided by Central Excise and Customs Service Tax. It was alleged Dileep had frauded Service Tax worth crores of rupees. Later he paid the tax to settle the case.
Case was registered against the late actor Kalabhavan Mani for assaulting a forest official.
Actor Mohanlal was in the dock after ivory was recovered from his residence in Kochi. However, the court was later challenged at apex court.
In 1995, the case was registered against actor Jagathy Sreekumar on alleged involvement in sensational
Vithul sex scam. However, he was later acquitted by the Special Court.
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