Top South film actors have decided to go on social media to condemn the horrific incident that took place on Friday where a Malayalam film actress was abducted and assaulted while she was on her way from Thrissur to Kochi.

South star Mohanlal described the accused men as “worse than animals” in a Facebook post.

“It’s time we stop being candle-holding and candle-lighting sympathisers. Such acts should not only be condemned vehemently, but exemplary punishment should be handed out,” said Mohanlal.

Superstar Mammootty criticised the shocking incident and said, “She has the support of several people who love her, be it the common people, film fraternity, police and government. She has my word that I am with her. She must stand strong.”

Dulquer Salmaan said that he felt ‘sickened and frightened’. “This is somebody’s daughter, somebody’s sister… who has brought to life so many wonderful characters to us film lovers,” he said.

The South film stars also gathered for a protest meet after hearing the shocking news regarding the actress’s abduction in Kerala’s Kochi town.

Reportedly, the alleged driver of the actress, who is being considered as the mastermind of the attack, has been arrested.

He was arrested along with a former driver, Pulser Sunil, who used to work with many other actors in the South film industry.

The hugely popular actress—after a shoot on Friday night—was on way from Thrissur to Kochi to take part in the dubbing of her new film directed by director and actor Lal.

While on way, a car hit her vehicle from behind, following which an argument erupted. The passengers of the other car forcefully entered her car and drove off with the actress.

The actress was held hostage for two hours when the gang took pictures of the actress to blackmail her for money, reports said.

“The gang behind the incident is from the film industry and involved in various production jobs,” police said.