A five-member team of naval divers on Tuesday launched a search in a lake in Kochi to recover the smartphone “dumped” into it by the key accused in the alleged molestation of a Malayalam actress.
The team was deputed by the navy following a request by the police, probing the February 17 incident in which the actress was allegedly abducted and molested inside her car for two hours by the accused, a naval official said.
The 30-year-old actress, who has worked in more than 75 movies, was allegedly abducted on the way from Thrissur to Kochi. The criminals took pictures and videos to blackmail her before letting her go.
Earlier, key accused ‘Pulsar’ Sunil and one of his accomplices, V P Vigeesh, were taken to a bridge from where they had allegedly thrown the phone into the lake, police said.
The accused told police that they “dumped” the phone, considered to be a key material evidence to tighten charges against them, in the lake while they were on the run from the police.
So far, six persons have been arrested.
In her complaint, the actress said Sunil told her to “co-operate” as they were doing a “quotation work”. He also threatened to inject her with drugs and take her to a secret hideout, she said.
The accused had forced their way into the actress’ vehicle and later escaped at a busy area here.
Several actors, including Bollywood stars, and politicians had expressed solidarity with the actress and sought stringent action against the culprits.