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Cops unmoved by ‘PR gimmicks’ of Dileep

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

The Kerala police say they are not worried about the so-called public relation (PR) efforts for Malayalam actor Dileep, who was arrested in connection with the abduction and molestation of a popular actress.

Since Friday, local and online media have reported about a leading PR agency being appointed for damage control to protect the actor’s sagging image. The agency is believed to be very active on social media, trying to save his image from further deterioration.

Inspector- General of Police Manoj Abraham said if at all, there are any PR efforts being done by anyone, there is nothing illegal in it. “Carrying out PR is anyone’s rights. The problem arises if there is any violation of cyber rules and regulations. The Kerala Police Cyberdome is not looking into this PR exercise at all,” said Abraham.

The Cyberdome is a Kerala Police watchdog. Seven-time legislator (independent) PC George said that this is nothing but a fabricated case.

“Dileep has been trapped by a powerful group and on Monday when I am in the state capital to cast my vote in the presidential polls, I will give a letter to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan seeking a Cetnral Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the case,” said George.

Late Saturday, Dileep’s bail plea was rejected by the trial court at Angamaly near Kochi. On Monday, he will file a fresh bail application at the Kerala High Court.

Dileep was arrested on Monday night, and on Tuesday he was remanded in 14-day judicial custody.

The police had earlier arrested the prime accused, Pulsar Sunil, and his accomplices a week after the incident on February 17.

The police decided to arrest Dileep based on 19 pieces of evidence that they were able to gather in connection with the abduction of the actress when she was travelling from Thrissur to Kochi by road. After almost two hours, she was dumped near the house of director-turned-actor Lal, who informed the police. She was reported to have been molested en route.

Indo-Asian News Service