Tamil film actor robbed; assaulted in Salem

Coimbatore: A Tamil film comedian was allegedly assaulted and relieved of valuables, including a gold chain and mobile phone, by an autorickshaw driver and two of his accomplices in Salem, about 160 km from here, early today, police said.

The incident occurred when Kottachi, who was returning to Chennai after a film shoot here, reached Salem at around 1 a.m and took an autorickshaw to go to the omni bus stand, police said.

Two persons were already in the vehcile when the actor, who has also featured in Malaylam and Telugu films, got in. They took away his mobile phone, two-sovereign gold chain and cash and also assaulted him, police said.

Later, the actor was dropped off in Kuranguchavadi area after which the autorickshaw sped away, they said.

Stranded at the unknown place, Kottachi narrated the incident to passers-by and managed to inform fellow actor, Benjamin in Salem, who arrived at the spot and took him to Pallapatty police station.

However, his woes didn’t end there as he was allegedly asked to go to another station on jurisdictional grounds.

After shuttling between the two stations, Kottachi managed to lodge a complaint at Suramangalam station around 1 p.m.