15 Dec 2010

Former Nepal prince detained over pistol incident

9:57 am on 15 December 2010

The former Crown Prince of Nepal has been arrested after firing a pistol during a row in a hotel restaurant.

Paras Shah, who was heir to the throne until the monarchy was abolished in 2008, says he fired a shot in the air because someone had insulted his relatives.

However Rubel Chaudhary, the son-in-law of the deputy prime minister, accused the former prince of threatening to kill him, the BBC reports.

A home ministry official told AFP Mr Shah would be charged with using a firearm in a public place.

The monarchy plunged into crisis after nine royals died in a 2001 massacre, the BBC reports. The 240-year-old monarchy was eventually abolished in 2008 after former Maoist rebels came to power.

The same year, Mr Shah moved to Singapore with his family.