Kathmandu: Interpol has issued a diffusion notice against suspended cricketer Sandeep Lamichhane, who is accused of raping a 17-year-old minor.
Spokesperson of Nepal Police Deputy Inspector General of Police Tek Prasad Rai informed that Interpol has issued a diffusion notice against Sandeep Lamichhane.
According to him, it has been two days since the diffusion notice was issued by Interpol.
Lamichhane, who is also the former captain of the national cricket team, was accused of repeatedly raping a minor in a hotel in Kathmandu on August 5.
He left the hotel on the morning of August 6 and went to Kenya to play a T20 match on the same day. From there, he went to the West Indies to play in the Caribbean Premier League (CPEL).
While the said league was going on, a complaint was filed against him on August 21 at Gaushala police circle in Kathmandu. After the warrant was issued against Lamichhane, the Kathmandu Police sent letters to various checkpoints to arrest him. Similarly, it has been blacklisted in the immigration to arrest them as soon as they return to Nepal from the ship.
Sources at Tribhuvan International Airport said that Lamichhane was about to come to Nepal some time ago. But he canceled the flight ticket that had already been booked.
The question has also been raised about whether he will come in contact with the victim while staying abroad for a long time. But the police officer said that the victim is under the protection of the police.
It was CAN who contacted him after a complaint was lodged against him. In a conversation with CAN Acting Secretary Prashantvikram Malla, Sandeep claimed that he was innocent and asked for his help.
The next day, last Friday, Sandeep spoke about the incident through social media. He said that he is innocent and will come to Nepal to face the complaint against him.
For that, he said that he will return to Nepal in a few days. He also said that he has left the Caribbean Premier League team Jamaica. ESPN Cricinfo mentioned that Sandeep was dropped from the team. Also, CPL said that they will immediately return to Nepal.
Sandeep was suspended from the national team after the arrest warrant was issued by the Kathmandu District Court. Despite the action of suspension, CAN has said that it will investigate the fact that Sandeep left the closed training of the national team and stayed in a different hotel.
When and how to conduct the investigation, there is no discussion on CAN. After the incident, the police also started collecting evidence, the premises said.
On the day of the complaint, the police conducted a health examination of the minor. Similarly, the police have also collected CCTV footage from the hotel in Kathmandu where he was staying.
It seems that he stayed in the hotel for about 7 hours. They were seen entering the hotel at 11:55 pm on August 5th. The premises informed that they were staying in room number 305.
Sandeep is also seen in the footage wearing a white cap, white shoes, and a blue T-shirt. The teenager was wearing a white jacket, yellow t-shirt, and black jeans. After staying there for about seven hours, it is seen in the footage that they returned from the hotel together at 6:46 am on August 6th.