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Nepal ex-crown prince remanded to custody till tomorrow

world Updated: Dec 15, 2010 17:34 IST
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Former Nepal crown prince Paras Shah

Former Nepal crown prince Paras Shah who was arrested on Tuesday in connection with a gun brawl at a forest resort will have to remain in police custody till Thursday.

The district administration office (DAO) at Chitwan where Shah was taken following his arrest remanded him to police custody for three days effective from Tuesday.

"Police will either present Shah or his papers before me after investigation, then there will be a decision on whether the matter should be taken to court or dismissed," the Republica quoted chief district officer Basant Raj Gautam.

The 39-year-old former royal is alleged to have fired a gunshot into the air following a verbal altercation with deputy mrime minister Sujata Koirala’s son-in-law at a Chitwan resort on Saturday night.

Shah, who has had brushes with the law in the past, is being kept at regional police training centre at Bharatpur where senior police officers are questioning him about the incident.

The former crown prince has been booked under provisions of Public Offences Act, Arms and Ammunition Act and National Parks Conservation Act.

On Wednesday, police also took a statement from Rubel Chaudhary, the Bangladeshi son-in-law of deputy prime minister Koirala to get his version of the event.

Dozens of royalists mostly belonging to Rashtriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal carried out rallies, demonstrations and blocked traffic for several hours across the country on Wednesday in protest against Shah’s arrest.

The arrest, the first for an ex-royal, has come at a time when Shah’s father Gyanendra Shah, the former king, is trying to improve the royal family’s image among the masses since abolition of monarchy in 2008.

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