Kochi: ‘Pulsar’ Suni, key accused in the actor abduction and sexual assault case, changed his stand on what he did with the mobile used to record the assault even as Special Investigation Team launched a search to trace a person who had accompanied him during his stay at Coimbatore. According to sources, Suni told investigators that he had thrown the mobile into waters from Goshree bridge while coming to surrender before the court on Thursday. Earlier, he said he had abandoned it in a canal near Vennala bypass.
However, the cops are not ready to believe his statements and continued efforts to retrieve the mobile and memory cards. They are now after a “third man” who had stayed along with Suni and Vijeesh during their hideout in Coimbatore. “The trio had sought shelter in the rented house of Kannur native Charlie, a resident of Sri Ram Nagar of Peelamedu in Coimbatore. A probe is also on to trace Charlie, who has now gone into hiding. We suspect Suni had handed over the memory card to him,” police said.
The cops recovered a mobile from the house while collecting evidence from there by taking both the accused to the spot early on Sunday. They also took into custody a tab and a T-shirt belonging to the accused. “We have sent the mobile and the memory card that Suni handed over to an advocate earlier for scientific tests,” they said. A police team headed by K.G. Babu Kumar, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Aluva arrived at Coimbatore at around 8.30 am. The search at the house in Sri Ram Nagar continued for around three hours and both accused were taken to the house separately to collect evidence.
The cops also managed to trace owner of the Pulsar bike used by the accused during their attempt to surrender at the Ernakulam CJM court. “It belonged to Charlie's room-mate Anthony Selvom, a lathe worker hailing from Dindigul. He told us Suni had stolen his bike while escaping to Thiruvananthapuram in the wee hours of Tuesday last,” police said. Meanwhile, the DGP ordered a probe into the complaint of actor Dileep that there was a conspiracy to tarnish his image by linking him to the case....