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Police question Nepal's former crown prince over gun brawl

world Updated: Dec 14, 2010 16:54 IST

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Nepal Police are questioning former crown prince Paras Shah in connection with a gun brawl at a forest resort during the weekend.

Two senior police officers questioned him at the Fulbari Resort in Pokhara before Shah was taken to the Chitwan resort where he allegedly fired a gunshot on Saturday night after a druken brawl.

Police however remained tightlipped on whether the 39-year-old has been arrested. "We have started the due process of law and details will be available later," Nepal Police spokesperson Bigyan Raj Sharma told HT.

On Tuesday, police issued an arrest warrant against Shah for threatening Rubel Chaudhary, the Bangladeshi son-in-law of Deputy Prime Minister Sujata Koirala, with pistol and illegal possession of firearms.

This is the first time in the nation’s history a former royal has been booked on criminal charges. Till the abolition of monarchy in 2008 members of the royal family were considered above law.

Shah is alleged to have fired in the air and pointed a gun at Chaudhary at the Tiger Tops resort in Chitwan, 185 km south west of Kathmandu, on Saturday, after a verbal altercation over Nepali politics.

Shah was allegedly angry at the Koiralas, the first family of Nepali politics, for the abolition of monarchy in 2008 after a 10-year-old Maoist insurgency.

Following media outcry Nepal Police started investigations against the 39-year-old former prince who has a past reputation of brushes with the law.

Shah has admitted that he fired from his pistol in anger at some unsavoury remarks made against him by two persons, a Bangladeshi and an Indian.

The matter took a turn when it was revealed that Shah might be carrying an unlicensed pistol. Media reports stated that no license was issued to Shah by authorities in Kathmandu.

The Republica quoted that though all registered weapons from the royal palace were taken by the Nepal Army in 2008 after abolition of monarchy, the personal weapons of the ex-royals remain unaccounted.