As the evidence collection in the actress abduction case comes to a close, the public sentiments towards the accused has taken a U-turn. Social media sites and Whatsapp are seen to be flooded with posts praising and supporting actor Dileep who continues to be in police custody. The public rage against the actor is seemed to have lessened and the fans’ association, close associates and friends are busy creating the image of a saviour or lifeguard to be bestowed upon the accused actor.
Those who condemn the pro-Dileep sentiments allege a strong PR agency is actively working behind these posts including videos, write-ups and trolls. It has also been alleged that a huge number of Facebook pages and fake accounts have mushroomed in the last two days to generate and spread posts which support Dileep. Experts and observers have not declined the possibility of the interference of PR agencies as the accused is highly influential in the social, political and business circles of the State.
Stories of compassion and philanthropy centering the accused actor have even started appearing in prominent dailies. Two such stories appeared on the online news portal of ‘Manorama’ on Friday. Videos which present the actor’s friends or close associates expressing fondly and firmly for the actor and trolls supporting Dileep have also appeared on popular pages such as ‘Changathikkoottam’ and ‘Troll Malayalam’.