Kakkanad: A popular south Indian actress was waylaid by a group of unidentified persons and harassed in Kochi early on Saturday.
The gang stopped and entered the actress' car near Athani in Angamaly and harassed her till they reached Palarivattom. Police have taken the driver of the actress, Martin, into custody. The actress reportedly told the police that her former driver was among those who forcefully entered her car.
The actress is said to have been on way from Thrissur to Kochi after her shooting late on Friday night.
They also took video and photos of the young actress. The gang got off at Palarivattom and fled in another car. Manorama News reported that goon Sunil Kumar aka Pulsar Suni was the main accused in the case.
The actress, then took refuge at a director's house in Kakkannad. After being informed by the director, the police arrived at his home and recorded the actress' statements. Police have reportedly got a lead on the culprits.
Lok Sabha member Innocent, president of Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA), told reporters here 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 en route 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.