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Posters demanding ‘rights for Dileep’ spring up in his hometown of Aluva

Apparently placed by a social media group called ‘4 Rights of Dileep’, the posters claim solidarity with Malayalam actor Dileep, the alleged mastermind and eighth defendant in the 2017 actor assault case.

“Truth wins. Only the truth will win,” read several massive posters that have sprung up in Aluva town, Ernakulam district of Kerala. Apparently placed by a social media group called ‘4 Rights of Dileep’, the posters claim solidarity with Malayalam actor Dileep, the alleged mastermind and eighth defendant in the 2017 actor assault case. Dileep is also the main defendant in a second case, involving an alleged criminal conspiracy to kill the officers investigating the assault case.

Although such a poster was placed in front of Dileep’s own house in Aluva, it was also strategically placed in front of busy public places, such as government buildings and colleges. Variations of the same poster, each with images of various ‘members’ of the ‘4 Rights of Dileep’ group, are also circulating on social media platforms. Among them, one even contains the image of a man who appears to be in a police uniform. In addition to this, two WhatsApp numbers have also been mentioned, indicating that these numbers can be contacted to become a member of this group who “loves Dileep”.


One of the versions of the poster, which contains the image of a man who appears to be in a police uniform

Members also have a private Facebook group with 327 members as of Friday, August 19. Among the many “solidarity with Dileep” posts shared in this group, which TNM has had access to, is a statement from “activist” Biju Therattil, supposedly the group’s administrator. “The fact that this group is starting to face a lot of criticism and insults itself is indicative of the acceptance it is getting,” the statement read. “[This group] opposes the system that silences those who speak in favor of the actor and supports those who are against him,” he said in another post.

Another member of the group is quoted in an article as saying: “Those who love [Dileep] will not be able to turn a blind eye to the human rights violations of which it is the victim. Banners declaring their solidarity with him will be displayed all over Kerala. The group also has several members sharing dramatic statements of “trust” for the actor, calling him “one who has been victimized” and adding that he is not a “criminal”, but an “accused”.

Meanwhile, in a July 14 Facebook post, the All Kerala Dileep Fans and Welfare Association distanced itself from the “4 Rights of Dileep” group, stating that the association is not involved in any program or fundraising. fund organized in the name of this group. . “Any programs held under the direction of the Dileep Fans Association will be notified to you through the President or the State Committee,” the message read.

The case concerns the abduction and assault of a female actor in a moving car by a group of men near Kochi in February 2017. Dileep is accused of being the mastermind behind said assault. Kerala Police alleged that Dileep promised Rs 1 crore to a man named Pulsar Suni to assault the woman, record the deed and hand over the visuals. In the latest development, Kochi police have filed a closure report in a rape case filed against Balachandrakumar, a director and former friend of Dileep, who turned into a whistleblower. Shortly after Balachandrakumar surfaced in the media in December 2021, a woman filed a complaint of being raped by him in 2010. Police filed a closure report claiming the complaint was false.