The prime accused in the abduction and assault of a popular Malayali actress, ‘Pulsar’ Suni and his accomplice VP Vijeesh, were taken into custody as they entered a local court building to surrender on Thursday in Ernakulam, six days after the incident created a nationwide outrage.
“We have taken them into custody. We had deployed our men in the city. They managed to get them,” Ernakulam Range I G P Vijayan said.
Advocates of the accused made a vain bid to prevent police from entering the building and taking them into custody. They were later taken to Aluva police club for questioning.
The lawyers charged the police with forcefully taking their clients into custody from the court room itself.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan praised the police. Vijayan, whose government had been facing flak over the delay in nabbing the accused, said, “I congratulate the police. It is a commendable achievement.”
Meanwhile, Opposition Leader in Kerala Assembly Ramesh Chennithala said the manner in which the accused were taken into custody from the courtroom was “improper”.
Police had been not been vigilant enough and this had created concern, Chennithala told reporters here. “There has been lapse on the part of police and this should not happen in the further investigation of the case,” the Congress leader, who was Home Minister in the previous Oommen Chandy government, said.