Nepal Seeks Interpol’s Help To Find Fugitive Cricketer Sandeep Lamichhane: Report

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Nepalese police have asked Interpol for help to locate the country’s fugitive suspended national cricket captain Sandeep Lamichhane, they said Tuesday. Earlier this month, a Nepalese court issued a warrant for the arrest of Lamichhane following an allegation of rape by a 17-year-old girl. But the leg spinner is said to have stayed in the Caribbean where he played in a tournament. Interpol issued a “dissemination notice” against him on Sunday and asked member states to cooperate in locating him, Nepali police spokesman Tek Prasad Rai told AFP.

“We hope this will help Lamichhane’s arrest for the investigation of a rape case against him,” he said.

Lamichhane had pledged on social media on Sunday to return home “as soon as possible” to fight the accusation.

Without disclosing his whereabouts, the 22-year-old posted on Facebook that he was “in isolation” due to his mental and physical condition, saying the arrest warrant “made me mentally disturbed”.

Lamichhane had been an example for the rise of cricket in mountainous Nepal, which gained international status in 2018.

His big break came when he was picked up by the Delhi Capitals for the money-grubbing Indian Premier League in 2018, and he has since become Nepal’s most sought-after cricketer.

After the arrest warrant was issued, he was suspended as captain of the national team and withdrew from the Caribbean Premier League, where he played for the Jamaica Tallawahs.

About 2,300 cases of rape were reported in Nepal in the past fiscal year, police say, but human rights workers say many more attacks go unreported.

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Only a handful of women in Nepal spoke out during the #MeToo movement, and the accused have suffered little or no repercussions from the allegations.

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