Two more persons who were involved in the kidnapping of a popular Malayalam film actress have been arrested, Kerala Police said on Sunday. The two were arrested in Coimbatore on Saturday night. The popular actress was abducted for a while on her way from Thrissur to Kochi on Friday night by some people, who reportedly took pictures of her to blackmail her. Her former driver is a suspect in the case and has been taken into custody, soon after the actress told about her harrowing experience to actor-cum-director Lal, who informed the police after hearing her tale of the abduction. While the victim’s statement has now been recorded before a magistrate, the police probe team has zeroed down on six others who were in the gang, of which three have been already identified, while three others are yet to be identified.
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Police chief Loknath Behra on Saturday claimed that they have identified those behind the “kidnap” of the actress and it is a matter of time before the entire gang is arrested. Veteran producer Suresh Kumar whose wife, Maneka, a yesteryear actress, said that his wife too had a similar experience a few years ago at Kochi, when the prime suspect in the present case – Sunil, a driver in the film industry, chased her vehicle for some time. “I did raise a complaint, but nothing happened,” said Kumar to the media.