Kathmandu, September 11
The Department of Immigration has blacklisted rape-accused cricket star Sandeep Lamichhane so that the police can arrest him as soon as he enters the country.
DIG Shyam Gyawali, the chief of the Kathmandu-based Tribhuvan International Airport’s Security Office, says the department has made a provision to arrest him once he arrives at the airport.
Recently, Lamichhane has said he is returning to Nepal soon after the Kathmandu District Court issued a warrant to arrest him and the country’s cricket board suspended him from the team he was captaining.
Last week, a 17-year-old girl filed a complaint against Sandeep Lamichhane accusing him of raping her.
As reported to police, on the eve of the Nepal cricket team’s Kenya departure on August 22, Lamichhane asked her to go on a trip to Bhaktapur, and she agreed. As Lamichhane lingered, the minor could not go to her hostel in Madhya Baneshwar at night.
As the hostel closed at 8 pm, the minor was compelled to spend a night with the 22-year-old superstar at a hotel in Pingalasthan of Kathmandu, according to the complaint.
The minor proposed they stay in separate rooms, but Lamichhane did not agree. Instead, he drugged her and raped her twice.