The abduction and alleged rape of a dominant Malayalam actor in a car in Kerala has sent shock waves. Of those seven the police have managed to nab three thus far.

What seems to be as unnerving as the crime itself, is the fact that the prime accused Sunil Kumar alias Pulsar Suni (who’s yet to be arrested) is a criminal, with several cases filed against him in the past. On Sunday, the team said that they arrested two others from Coimbatore in the case. Sunil was the celebrity’s former driver and has engineered the abduction, according to the police.

According to local press accounts, Vadival Salim and Pradeep — that belong to a ‘quotation’ gang — would be the two other persons arrested and the duo is reported to possess a long criminal record.

Soon after Sunil was called the prime accused in the case and his history has been prodded, Malayalam film producer Suresh Kumar developed a startling revelation. He said yesteryear actor Menaka and his wife had to undergo a harrowing experience in the hands of Pulsar Suni a few decades back.

Claiming that the driver had chased Menaka’s vehicle for quite a while at Kochi, Suresh claimed that “nothing happened” however he raised a criticism then.

Ernakulam Rural SP verified that Sunil had cases of prosecution and snatching him against him. He told The News Minute that the police were collecting all details. Another investigating officer said the motorist also had cases against him and obtained the nickname ‘Pulsar’ due to penchant to steal motorbikes.

In the event the prime accused in the case proved to be a habitual offender, then how then did he be able to live in the film market?

Talking to The News Minute over phone, Kollam MLA Mukesh and actor explained that Pulsar Suni was his driver. The actor, however, maintained that he knew nothing regarding the criminal record of Suni.

“He worked for me about three decades ago and not for long… just for a month or two. He was this well-behaved individual, which made it tricky to understand his true colour. So are different offenders, you will see. They figure out how to put up a great face even when they’re criminals,” Mukesh stated.

Why is it possible for folks like Pulsar Suni to live in the film industry for such a long time, regardless of his “criminal series” surfacing every now and then? Mukesh chose to pin it on these actors’ schedule.

“Frequently, we employ motorists on a journey basis, and there’s not enough time to do a background check on these. Now, however, the DGP has assured that there are provisions in law to give security to female actors should they have to travel independently,” Mukesh says.

Despite repeated prodding, Mukesh claimed after learning about his criminal deeds, that he didn’t sack Suni.

A few days after I hired him, Suni approached me stating that he wanted permission to keep on driving a bus once I was busy with shoots. I agreed. Like he pushes but whenever I was able to call him he’d drive the car. I then hired a person. After that, he was a little upset about it and called me, there’s been no communication post. I have never worked with this actor, and I did not know he was able to work as her driver.

Mukesh, actor and MLA

“How did such offenders figure out how to remain in the film market? It’s unbelievable,” explained Director Vinayan, while speaking to Asianet News. He added:

“Film maker Suresh also revealed that the experience his wife had to go through. Regardless of this, this criminal proceeded to remain in the business. He even survived enough to be someone who furnishes drivers. This is a critical issue.”

Another top actor told The News Minute: “There was a marriage for motorists, but that fell apart. These are people who love cinema and would like to work in tandem with people in the business.”

In the event the prime accused in the case proved to be a habitual offender, how then did he manage to live in the film market? (Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)
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Megha Varier