KOCHI: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the conspiracy in connection with the abduction and sexual assault of a female actor has gained fresh leads in the case with the prime accused Sunil Kumar aka Pulsar Suni stating that he had contacted both Nadirshah and Appuni, a close personal aide of actor Dileep, from Kakkanad jail. Pulsar Suni revealed this during the custodial interrogation held by the cops on Thursday. In the light of this information, the probe team plans to hold a fresh round of detailed questioning of Nadirshah, Appuni and a few others connected with the film industry.
The police also collected statements from film artiste K.S. Prasad and film producer Anto Joseph on Thursday. The probe team also found that the phone used by the accused inside the jail was a stolen one. Sources said the phone owned by a resident of Salem in Tamil Nadu had gone missing from Coimbatore in October last year. The phone was within the location of a tower near the Kakkanad district prison since April. It was recovered by the cops from the residence of Anil aka Masthiri Sunil, a native of Kottayam, who shared the cell of Pulsar during his incarceration in Kakkanad jail. The probe team has already found that Vishnu, another cell mate of Pulsar, was instrumental in smuggling the phone inside the prison.
Pulsar Suni told reporters that he had been subjected to torture by the police and said his earlier statements had done him immense damage. On repeated questions by reporters, he said a magistrate should be called to record his dying declaration. Mr B.A. Aloor, counsel for Suni, has filed a petition before the Judicial First Class Magistrate Court in Kakkanad seeking either to cancel the police custody of his client or the permission to visit him every day while in custody. “The petition has been filed after the accused complained about being tortured in police custody,” Mr Aloor said. The court has issued a notice to the investigating officer. The petition is slated to be heard on Friday. The Angamaly Judicial First Class Magistrate Court, meanwhile, declined a petition by the defence counsel to view the visuals of the crime, citing that it would compromise the secrecy of the same.