Police arrested a youth from the Ekdalia Evergreen puja pandal early on Friday on charges of teasing a girl. Identified as Aloke Mukhia, the youth was produced in court and remanded in police custody. Four others who were with him fled the spot.
The incident, said to be the first this Puja, occurred while a group of teenagers was coming out of the pandal. “Mukhia and his friends were blocking the exit, passing lewd comments,” said a Gariahat police station official.
Initially, the girls did not react. But Mukhia, a resident of Sarat Bose Road, and his friends surrounded the girls. He zeroed in on one and grabbed her hand. The girl screamed. A traffic sergeant patrolling the area caught Mukhia in the act. Police are on the trail of his friends.