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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Kochi: The search operations to nab two of the accused involved in the abduction and harassment of a noted south Indian actress continued for the fourth day today, with police taking into custody a man from Palakkad.

Efforts are under way to nab the alleged mastermind 'Pulsar' Suni and another accused, V P Vigeesh.

Manikandan has been taken into custody from Palakkad, about 144 km from here, late last night, police sources said today. However, his arrest has not been recorded so far.

Manikandan, a native of Thammanam in Ernakulam, had moved an anticipatory bail application in the Kerala High Court along with Suni and Vigeesh, claiming that they had been "falsely implicated" in the crime on the basis of the "confession" statement of Martin, the driver of the actress.

When the bail plea came up for hearing today, the High Court postponed the matter to 3 March.

Forensic experts have collected evidence from the car in which the actress was harassed by the gang members.

So far, three persons - Vadival Salim, Pradeep and Martin - have been arrested in connection with the case, the police said. All the three have been remanded to judicial custody by a magistrate court in Aluva. 

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who spoke to the actress over phone yesterday, has promised stern action against those responsible for the 17 February incident.

The actress was allegedly harassed inside her car for two hours by her tormentors, who had forced their way into the vehicle, before vanishing in a busy area in Kochi.

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