Malayalam actor assault case: Police end search for mobile phone in Kochi backwaters

Having drawn a blank in locating Pulsar Suni’s mobile phone - reportedly used to record the sexual assault - the police have decided to end the wild goose chase for the phone in the backwaters.

Published: 02nd March 2017 02:38 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd March 2017 02:38 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

KOCHI: Having drawn a blank in locating Pulsar Suni’s mobile phone - reportedly used to record the sexual assault on actor - the police have decided to end the wild goose chase for the phone in the backwaters in Kochi.

The decision comes after Tuesday’s joint search operation by the Navy and the Special Investigation Team probing the case failed to find the mobile phone under the Goshree bridge. Moreover, investigators could not make any headway in tracing the phone and the memory card, despite interrogating Suni and his accomplice Vijeesh over the last five days. “The police team is still conducting investigations at the Coimbatore side to collect more evidence in the case,” said a police officer, who is part of the probe.

Suni had initially deposed before the police that he dumped the phone in a drain at Ponnurunni. On further questioning, he said he threw the phone from the Goshree bridge. However, the search in the area did not bear fruit. A Navy spokesperson said the search had been stopped as suggested by the police. If the police submitted a request again, it will be considered, the spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, the police collected CCTV visuals from cameras along the national highway which the gang traversed after abducting the actor. A footage from Vennala shows the accused leaving the vehicle and buying a bottle of water, said police officers. The police were also looking for CCTV footage from other locations where the accused found safe hideouts. 

Based on a CCTV footage, police raided a house on Junior Janatha Road at Ponnurunni near Kadavanthra, which Suni reportedly visited shortly after the crime. Two SIM cards, memory cards and a pen drive were recovered in the raid.

Polygraph for both accused?

Given the similar statement by Pulsar Suni and Vijeesh in the actor abduction and assault case, the police are mulling to conduct polygraph  on both the accused. They will soon file a petition before the Magistrate Court seeking permission. Earlier, only Suni was to undergo the test.

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