Police step up their search for Shahadat

Bangladesh

Bangladesh fast bowler Shahadat Hossain has been in hiding for nearly three weeks, and police insist they are searching for the paceman and his wife as hard as they can, given the allegations against them.

The pair allegedly tortured their housemaid, an 11-year-old girl, and she was found in poor condition on the streets of Dhaka a month ago, and taken to hospital. The couple disappeared soon afterwards.

There have been complaints, especially from the man who found the girl, that the police have not been looking hard enough, but the lead investigator, Nazrul Islam, said they were 'serious' about finding them.

He told the BBC Bengali service: "We have conducted raids in Shahadat's father's house, and his in-laws' house.

"It doesn't matter if he's a national cricketer or not – he's an accused before the eyes of the law. We will track him down and put him before the court."

Mozammel Haq, the girls rescuer and the one who brought a criminal case against the duo, said:  "I found the girl in a street near my house – she was severely injured.

"She alleged that she had been tortured by Shahadat Hossain.

"I took her to the police station and filed a case. It is very frustrating that he has not been arrested."

Meanwhile, the BCB have suspended Shahadat while the matter is being investigated, saying they're not drawing any conclusions but would rather he not be associated with them until it's resolved.

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