Production firm owner wanted in acid attack case

The police have launched a manhunt for the owner of a production house who allegedly threw acid on his girlfriend's face in front of her family and friends at her home on Wednesday.

A case has been registered at Dadar police station against Jerrit John, 46, for attacking 26-year-old Aryanka Hosbetkar.

Police said Hosbetkar, a physiotherapist, has moved out from her home and is now staying with a relative at an undisclosed location.

"The victim is scared that since John has not been arrested, he will attack her again. We are trying to trace John," said an inspector.

The police said this was not the first time John had attacked Hosbetkar. Last month, after an argument, he had held her by the neck and banged her face against a wall, they said.

The couple, who have been together for the past 10 months, were having fights of late. Hosbetkar stopped seeing him after she found that he was allegedly cheating on her.

On Wednesday, police said, John came to Hosbetkar's home around 5 am while she was talking to friends outside the building. He dragged her inside and threw acid on her face. He fled after locking Hosbetkar and others inside.

John, who previously worked with a music channel, started his own production house, 'No Nonsense Productions' in January 2007 along with his brother.

It specialises in behind-the-scenes documentaries of feature films. The company has also worked on movies such as Don, Rock On!!!, Wake Up Sid, Sarkar Raj, Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai and Karthik Calling Karthik.

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