The Ernakulam Crime Branch Police team probing the sexual abuse of a minor girl from North Paravur arrested one more person, while another one surrendered before it on Tuesday.
Balaguru, 35, of Madura Road, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, was arrested following leads provided by one of the accused.
Noushad, 39, of Pathanapuram, Kollam, surrendered before the team. He had rented out his house at Pathanapuram to T.S. Jaspal, film-maker; and Brijith, actor – both of them had been arrested in the case. The girl was taken to Pathanapuram in 2010 by another person through her father for shooting a tele-film on AIDS awareness telecast by a private television channel.
Eighty-two persons have been arrested in the case, including the girl's father. Those arrested include a former Navy officer, a police officer, a leading contractor, a government employee from Tamil Nadu, and several persons associated with Malayalam and Tamil film industry. A doctor suspected to be involved in the case was reported to have committed suicide in Saudi Arabia.