Nepal Police are investigating a case against former crown prince Paras Shah following publication of news reports that he fired in the air and threatened the country’s foreign minister’s relative.
The alleged incident took place on Saturday night at a forest resort in Chitwan, 185 km south-west of Kathmandu, when Shah had a verbal duel with Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala’s son-in-law Rubel Chaudhary.
Reports say that both Paras and Chaudhary’s families had arrived separately and were staying in the resort. In the evening the former prince joined Chaudhary in the bar and started discussing politics.
The situation turned ugly when after a few drinks Shah allegedly blamed the Koirala family for the abolition of monarchy in 2008.
"Shah soon urged Chaudhary to accompany him on a midnight safari. When the later refused, the former prince took out his revolver and brandished it at Chaudhary," said a close associate of Sujata Koirala.
As the scene deteriorated, some of Shah’s security guards took Chaudhary away. Reports say that infuriated at Chaudhary’s refusal to accompany him, Shah fired five rounds into the air.
In a statement issued on Monday, Shah admitted that he had fired in the air but denied having targeted Chaudhary.
He said that the firing was in reaction to taunts made at him and Nepal by two persons, an Indian and a Bangladeshi.
The Foreign Minister who is in Indonessia at present called up Home Minister Bhim Rawal to seek security for her son-in-law’s family and demand action against Shah.
“No complaint has yet been filed about the incident. But we are investigating the matter,” Nepal Police spokesperson Bigyan Raj Sharma told HT.