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