Mumbai: Jerrit John, the short-film producer arrested on Saturday for a chemical attack on physiotherapist Aryanka Hozbektar, has told the police he did not buy the liquid with the intention of throwing it on the victim.
“My intention was not to kill her, but to deface and scare her,” John is learnt to have told the police.
“During our preliminary questioning, John told us he uses chemicals for his work at his production house. He said he bought the chemical, as usual, for his work, but threw it at Aryanka in a furious state of mind,” said a police source. “We are yet to subject John to sustained interrogation. Due to Diwali bandobast, we did not get the time to properly interrogate him. The Dadar police will question him on Tuesday.”
After his remand on Sunday in police custody till November 16, John was taken to Mahim's central lockup. The source said a police team will set about verifying John’s claims after recording the statements of his office staff.
Hozbetkar returns to her Worli home
A ryanka Hozbetkar was back at her Adash Nagar, Worli, flat on Monday after learning of her attacker Jerrit John’s arrest. After her discharge from hospital last Thursday, she and her mother had gone to a relative’s place in Andheri to stay. A friend of Hozbetkar had told TOI she was too scared to come back to her Worli home while John was on the loose. TNN
The Times of India, November 13, 2012