Bollywood superstar Om Puri is in hiding after he was accused of assaulting his wife Nandita.
The East Is East actor is wanted by cops following a domestic violence complaint filed by his wife of 20 years.
He has not been located by the Versova Police Force in Mumbai, India, since news broke of the alleged incident last week (ends23Aug13).
Senior inspector Harishchandra Parmane says, "Nandita approached us on Thursday with a complaint against her husband. She told us that Puri assaulted her with a wooden stick. We have registered a case against Puri."
Following the allegation, officers visited the actor's house on Friday (23Aug13) but he was not at the property, and police are now attempting to trace the star through his cell phone records.
Parmane adds, "Om Puri is absconding at present. We will arrest him as soon as we trace him."
The allegation from Nandita Puri centred around an argument she had with her husband over the maintenance of their Mumbai flat.
Cracks in the pair's marriage appeared after Nandita released a biography in 2009 titled Unlikely Hero: The Story of Om Puri, which revealed some of the actor's private sexual encounters, including an affair with his maid.