A 32-year-old man was on Sunday arrested for allegedly stalking and harassing former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar's daughter Sara.
The man has been identified as Debkumar Maity who hails from Midnapur in West Bengal. He is said to be a college dropout and is unemployed.
Debkumar had allegedly made 20 calls to the Tendulkar residence and made lewd comments about her. He even threatened to kidnap her and had said he wanted to marry her. The police are trying to figure out how the man got hold of the Tendulkar's landline number.
According to India Today, the man told the police that he "fell in love" with Sara after he saw her on TV.
"I saw her on TV sitting at the pavilion during a match and fell in love...I want to marry her. I fetched the landline number of Tendulkar and have called on it some 20 times...Have never seen her in person," he said.
After Sara filed a complaint with the Bandra Police against the man, the police began its investigation and arrested the man. Debkumar Maity will first be produced before a Haldia court after which he will be taken to Mumbai. While arresting him, the police found a diary from his house in which he had written Sara's name and called her his wife.
The man's family has reportedly claimed that he is mentally unstable. "We had no idea how he got embroiled in this case. Even at home he used to torture his parents. He lost his father recently. He has been undergoing medical treatment for his condition for last eight years," a relative said.
Debkumar had allegedly been making the calls for some time and the police traced him with the help of cellphone location of nearby towers from where he used to make the calls.