Kochi: The police have arrested a Kothamangalam native for trying to kidnap an actress in Kochi in 2011 in association with Pulsar Suni, who is in jail for assaulting another actress in a moving car in February.
Suni is the first accused in a case of waylaying the actress and torturing her. The police arrested actor Dileep last Monday for plotting the attack. He had offered Rs 1.5 crore to Suni for torturing his former colleague and videotaping her suffering, the police said.
Investigation into the high-profile case has brought to the fore the antecedents of the accused. Suni had planned to abduct at least three actresses earlier. The Ernakulam central police registered a case on Sunday into the 2011 abduction attempt.
The case was registered on an earlier complaint by producer Johny Sagarika, who had employed Suni as a driver at the time of the incident, assistant commissioner K. Lalji said.
Suni had planned to kidnap a young actress when she reached Ernakulam for a movie shoot but things did not go as he thought.
As the producer’s driver, Suni knew that the actress and a senior actress were to come to the Ernakulam railway station. Suni got an accomplice to meet Johny. He told the producer that he represented a luxury hotel and he could get rooms for actors at discounted rates. He even offered to pick the actors and actresses from the railway station. Johny agreed.
A driver and another member of the gang waited at the station but the younger actress did not turn up. The gang picked the other actress and an aide. The aide was dropped at Kumbalam. The actress grew suspicious when the vehicle started going in circles in the city. She called up her husband, a producer, who informed Johny in turn.
Johny immediately went to the hotel but he was told that no booking was done there. Suni was with Johny all the time.
The gang members sensed that their plan had gone awry. They drove the van to the hotel and scooted.
Johny went to the police station the next day but Suni fled when he spotted a police inspector who knew his antecedents.
The police registered a case after Suni was arrested in the actress attack case.
Suni was already wanted in a mugging case in Kottayam when he planned the audacious highway attack in February.