Crown Prince Paras drove to police headquarters on Saturday, grabbed DIG Shyam Bhakta Thapa by his collar and threatened to fire him. The prince was angry about the stones thrown at his car on Friday at Min Bhaban as he drove to meet King Gyanendra at the airport. When the prince reached the police office, representatives from the four security bodies were meeting to discuss the incident. According to our sources, the DIG tried to explain that they were taking steps to investigate the event but the prince would not listen.
The prince reached headquarters at 10.34 AM and stayed for 11 minutes, mostly yelling and threatening. After the joint meeting, a committee was set up under DSP Him Gurung to probe the incident. It was to submit a report in three days but a conclusion was not reached. However, Kathmandu district DSP Indra Neupane, Syambhu Ward Police Inspector Surendra Mainali and Bhaktapur Police Inspector Bhabesh Rimal were suspended on Sunday even before the report could be completed. This demonstrates that authorities were not committed to finding the real culprits. How could these officers be charged when the report was not out and the names of those to be charged wasn't made public?
According to our sources, the streets on Friday were ready and cleared half an hour before the king was supposed to land. When royalist groups such as Desh Bhakta Sangh and Rastriya Ekata Parisad attacked people returning from the UML meeting next to the BICC, there was stone throwing. It is quite clear that the crown prince's car was caught in the crossfire. Right after this incident there was an attempt to attack the UML's central office, proving that the royalists had planned everything in advance.
Our sources say that DSP Neupane was on duty at the UML meeting and learnt about Crown Prince Paras' arrival only two minutes before everything happened. He obviously had no time to act. The army, police and royal bodyguards had prohibited people from moving about freely at the meeting. Had they been allowed to move about, this incident would not have happened. Many people have been charged for involvement in the Min Bhaban incident but for the state to put people in jail for something they did not do, is wrong.