Cops seize car, mobiles in Jerrit John case
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Officers probing the case claimed John remained uncooperative and appeared unconcerned about his future. They said he refused to answer questions unless pressed and kept to himself otherwise
After being led on a day-long wild goose chase by film production studio owner Jerrit John, arrested for allegedly throwing a corrosive liquid on ex-lover and physiotherapist Aryanka Hosbetkar at her Worli residence last Wednesday, police finally recovered his SUV and two mobile phones, as well as a mobile belonging to the victim. Jerrit had snatched the mobile before fleeing.
"We interrogated Jerrit a second time on Tuesday and he finally led us to the place near Mira Road Station where he abandoned his car. The three cellphones were recovered from his friend, also a Mira Road resident. We have also traced and spoken to the shop-owner who sold him the chemical," said Dhananjay Kulkarni, DCP (Zone 5).
Police said the chemical was a compound used to develop negatives of photographs.They found no evidence to indicate the shop-owner took an active part in the offence.
The friend who kept John's mobiles has also been let off the hook for now.
"John's custody ends Friday. We will seek further police custody. We will examine his laptop as well as the server at his workplace for any intimidating emails he might have sent to the victim," Kulkarni said.
Meanwhile, officers probing the case claimed John remained uncooperative and appeared unconcerned about his future. They said he refused to answer questions unless pressed and kept to himself otherwise.
"He has not made any specific demand. He accepts whatever food is given. However, he comes across as unconcerned about the fact that he faces strict action for a serious offence. He is far from sorry," said a Dadar Police officer.