Kochi, Jul 10 (PTI) Popular Malayalam actor Dileep was today arrested in connection with the abduction and assault case of a South Indian actress, a senior police officer said.

The officer, who is overseeing the investigation in the case, told PTI that Dileep was arrested following his questioning for the second time in view of fresh revelations in the case.

He is accused of conspiracy behind the abduction and assault of the actress, an incident that sent shock waves in the state.

Police had questioned Dileep and his director friend Nadirshah for nearly 13 hours on June 29 in view of revelations made by prime accused ‘Pulsar’ Suni in connection with the case.

Police had then said that if necessary, they would be called again for questioning.

On April 20, Dileep had alleged blackmail by a man, who claimed that he was a friend of the prime accused in the case.

Police had said they were also investigating the alleged conspiracy angle in the case.

The actor had earlier said that he filed a complaint with the Director General of Police along with evidence of blackmailing, allegedly with the knowledge of ‘Pulsar’ Suni.

The actress, who has worked in Tamil and Telugu films, was abducted and allegedly molested inside her car for two hours by the accused, who had forced their way into the vehicle on February 17 night and later escaped in a busy area in Kochi.

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