A 33-year-old man with criminal antecedents has been arrested for allegedly harassing an 18-year-old girl riding home on a scooter with her 12-year-old brother on the pillion in New Town.
Zahirul Sheikh, the accused, allegedly chased the girl and her brother on his motorcycle and made lewd gestures at them on August 16, an officer of the Bidhannagar commissionerate said.
Sheikh, a resident of Patharghata in New Town, is unemployed.
He was arrested in the past for a similar incident as well as for stealing scrap iron and electrical fittings from construction sites in New Town, the officer said.
Bishop Sarkar, the deputy commissioner of New Town, said they tracked down Sheikh after receiving a specific tip-off from one of their sources.
“Sheikh had apparently boasted about the chase to his friends at a tea stall. One of our informers, who was there, told us about it and we tracked him down,” Sarkar said.