Nepal’s ex-crown prince to be ar­rested over gun­shot

The Pak Banker - - 6international -

KATH­MANDU: Nepal's for­mer crown prince Paras Shah is to be ar­rested and charged af­ter he fired his gun fol­low­ing a late-night ar­gu­ment with fel­low guests at a re­sort, the home min­istry said Tues­day.

Shah, who as crown prince was no­to­ri­ous for his play­boy life­style, fired a live round into the air on Satur­day af­ter los­ing his tem­per at an up­mar­ket re­sort in the Chit­wan na­tional park, a pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tion.

He has said two men in­sulted him dur­ing a dis­pute about Nepal's monar­chy, which was abol­ished in 2008 af­ter for­mer Maoist rebels who waged a 10-year in­sur­gency against the state came to power. "Po­lice have been or­dered to ar­rest Paras Shah," home min­istry spokesman Jay Mukunda Khanal told AFP. "He will be charged with us­ing a firearm in a pub­lic place."

It is the first time an ar­rest war­rant has ever been is­sued against a for­mer royal, al­though the fam­ily has a che­quered his­tory.

Nine years ago, Nepal's crown prince Dipen­dra gunned down his relatives-in­clud­ing the king and queen-in a drink and drugs-fu­elled rage be­fore ap­par­ently turn­ing his gun on him­self.

Shah's fa­ther, Gya­nen­dra, took over as king and four years later seized ab­so­lute power, spark­ing huge protests that even­tu­ally forced him to re­store par­lia­ment.

Shah, 38, moved to Singapore in 2008 af­ter the fall of the 240-year-old Hindu monar­chy.

But he has now re­turned to Nepal, where his wife re­cently launched a fund to help de­prived women and chil­dren in a move widely seen as an at­tempt to re­ha­bil­i­tate the fam­ily's pub­lic im­age.

Po­lice in the re­sort town of Pokhara in western Nepal, where Shah is cur­rently stay­ing, have been or­dered to ar­rest the for­mer prince and take him to Chit­wan for ques­tion­ing.

Shah has said in a state­ment that he fired a sin­gle bul­let into the air af­ter the row "be­cause I could not tol­er­ate the in­sult upon me and my coun­try". -Afp

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