Jerrit John called helpline to purchase chemical: cops

Film production firm owner Jerrit John, accused of a chemical attack on physiotherapist Aryanka Hosbetkar, was on Friday remanded in police custody for three more days by a metropolitan magistrate.

Dadar police said John used the services of a commercial helpline to plan the crime.

"John called the helpline asking for stores that sell corrosive chemicals and was given names and addresses of five-six such shops in South Mumbai. He contacted one shop and bought several bottles of a chemical saying he was in the media," said a policeofficer.

The police are awaiting a report from the Forensic Sciences Laboratory, Kalina, on the exact nature of the chemical. However, the shopowner, who has been traced, reportedly told police that the chemical was one used for developing photo frames.

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