Mumbai: The Dadar police, probing the chemical attack on 26-year-old physiotherapist, Aryanka Hozbektar, on Friday found that the accused, Jerrit John (46), did not buy the chemical from Masjid Bunder as he had claimed earlier. Instead, he placed an order for the chemical, which was delivered to his house. He was arrested last week from N alasopara.
Police inspector Bharat Bhoite said, “We produced John before the Bhoiwada court, which extended his police custody till November 19. We have also recorded Aryanka’s statement. She said that she learned John had an affair with two other women and that’s why she broke up with him. We will call other witnesses soon.”
On November 7, John allegedly hurled the chemical on Aryanka and she suffered burns on her face. “John had first called up atelephone info line, took the number of a chemical supplying shop and placed the order for the chemical. He took the delivery of the chemicals from a dealer, identified as Kalpesh, at home on November 3. We have information that he bought 6 different chemicals that day. It shows the attack was pre-planned,” an officer said. John and Aryanka met through a cyclists’ group and fell in love. When Aryanka broke up with him, he attacked her.
The Times of India, November 17, 2012