Former footballer held for swindling 7 m of Canadian dreams

KATHMANDU: Nepal's former national football team goalkeeper Lokendra Bahadur Shahi has been arrested on charges of swindling Rs 7 million in pretext of sending 25-30 youths for employment in Canada.

Shahi is also the former General Secretary of All Nepal Football Association.

Speaking to THT Online over the phone Metropolitan Crime Division chief SP Dinesh Amatya confirmed his arrest today.

"A police team deployed from the MCD arrested the former footballer from Tokha, on the northern outskirts of Kathmandu, after dozens of victims registered complaints against Shahi," informed Amatya.

"Police have presented Shahi before the Kathmandu District Court which remanded him in custody," added MCD Chief Amatya.

It has been learned that Shahi had promised his gullible targets of Canada visa and greener pasture in North America.

However, the victims sought to the MCD after realising that Shahi had duped them of fake dreams in Canada. The victims even produced the bank deposit slips in the name of Shahi's account.

Meanwhile, police are preparing to file a fraud case against the goalkeeping legend of the nation.