By Ram Khatry, Sydney
Police in Australia have said a Nepalese man who has reportedly been out of contact with his family for the last 11 years is registered as a missing person to Northern Territory Police.
This is in contrast to numerous social media posts and media reports that appear to suggest that he went missing from Sydney.
The media department of New South Wales Police told southasia.com.au that Mr Devkota was reported missing in the Northern Territory. It is not known whether he moved state since he arrived in Australia or if he was simply holidaying in the north. Facebook posts cite his father saying he originally sent his son to Sydney.
“From what I can see, it appears Rup was reported missing to the Northern Territory Police. I can’t see any further information, other than NSW Police should contact NT if he is located,” a NSW Police representative said on March 13.
The NT Police has been approached via email but has not yet been heard from.
Rupchandra Devkota, known to his friends and family as Rupak, is understood to have arrived in Australia some 15 years ago at the age of 17. He apparently did remain in contact with this family (father) for the first few years and then suddenly dropped out of communication. His story came to a head when an Australian tourist happened to cross paths with the missing person’s father, Ramchandra Devkota. The exact year of his arrival is not known.
“We promised to share this image on social media in an effort to find news of his missing son. We said we could make no promises about an outcome but we would do what we could,” said the Australian in her Facebook post. “Social media is a very powerful tool so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a positive outcome,” she urged netizens.
Members of the community with information about Mr Devkota can contact the National Missing Persons Coordination Centre (NMPCC) which operates Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm (Free call: 1800 000 634 Email firstname.lastname@example.org)
People with information can also contact either the New South Wales Police Force or Northern Territory Police.