Jerrit G John, a production company owner, who allegedly threw hazardous chemical on his former physiotherapist girlfriend's face, has finally been arrested by the Thane police at Mira Road in Mumbai, NDTV reported.
"John has been picked from Nalasopara area and I have interrogated him...he admitted he had thrown acid on a woman at Worli," Deepak Devraj, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Thane (Rural) told PTI. John (46) now would be handed over to Dadar police in the city. According to sources, the accused was hiding in a hotel at Nalasopara.
A manhunt had been launched for the owner of a production house called No Nonsense, who attacked the 26-year-old victim, Aryanka Hosbetkar, at her residence at Adarsh Colony in Worli on Wednesday.
Hosbetkar, an international international cyclist, had returned from a cycling expedition in the morning and was with her friends when John carried out the attack, police said.
The accused dragged Aryanka upstairs and allegedly flung the chemical on her face as her shocked mother and friends watched. She was later taken to a private hospital where she was treated and discharged yesterday.
According to police, John, who also cycles regularly, has worked as a creative consultant with TV channels, some ad filmmakers and has also been associated with a few Bollywood movies.
The two were facing problems in their 10-month-old relationship after Hosbetkar came to know that John was married with a five-year-old son.
The police had formed two teams to trace the accused. They had also collected chemical samples from the victim's residence, which would be sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory at Kalina.
John has been booked for causing grievous injury and also for theft and wrongful confinement, as he allegedly snatched away Hosbetkar's phone and locked her up after attacking her, police said.
A police team which visited John's residence at Vashi and his office at Carter Road found both were closed.
Filmmaker and actor Farhan Akhtar, who's worked with John in Don, tweeted a picture of him yesterday informing followers that he was wanted.
About Jerrit John
Jerrit John has been responsible for shooting behind-the-scenes’ footage for many blockbusters like Don and Wake Up Sid.
Slumdog Millionaire, Don, Rock On!!, Luck By Chance, Honeymoon Travels, My Name Is Khan, Delhi-6, Saawariya, Sarkar, Sarkar Raj, Wake Up Sid, Kurbaan, I Hate Luv Storys, Once Upon A Time In Mumbai, 99, Aisha, Love Aaj Kal, Ghajini, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, Dus Tola, among many others.
(With additional inputs)