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KOCHI: The Police team probing the molestation assault on Malayalam actress Bavana has gathered crucial evidence in the case.
An FIR against seven persons had been registered including her car driver who was arrested Saturday, Police said.
Though the actress hasn’t alleged rape, the accused will face charges under Sections 366 (kidnapping), 376 (rape) of IPC and Section 66 of the IT Act, said Mr. P Vijayan, Inspector General of Police, (Kochi range).
|The actress left by road from Thrissur to Kochi to dub for an upcoming film and her car and the driver had been arranged by the production house Police said. The car left Thrissur around 7 pm, the driver, the driver Martin, spoke to someone over the phone and the actress told Police that Martin even asked her if she was in a hurry to reach Kochi, Police said.
A van hit the rear end of the car just about 25 km short of Kochi and Martin got out of the car, ostensibly to assess the damage to the car when four men in the van allegedly forced their way into the car and drove away with the actress, Police said.
Even as the car was moving for the next two hours the actress was molested and the men took photographs on their mobile phones and Martin, who was now driving the van, followed the car, Police said.
The accused stopped the car at Palarivattom in Kochi and allegedly drove away in the van after nearly two hours. Marin then took her to the house of the film director who lives at Kakkanad in Kochi. Police went to the director’s house late Friday and recorded the actress’s statement, Police said.
“The assailants forcibly took her photographs. Two of the four men in the car are drivers who work in the film industry and she was familiar with them. One of them, Sunil, has a criminal record and was her driver until recently. Their motive seems to have been to fleece money from the actress by blackmailing her with the photographs’’ IGP Mr. Vijayan said.]]>