DHANGADI: Former King Gyanendra Shah arrived in Dhangadi today for a five-day trip to the Far Western Region.
This is his first trip to the region since 2005, when the former monarch was here for a public felicitation. Supporters welcomed Shah at Dhangadi airport with Panchakanya. A large number of supporters welcomed him at the airport and about 500 people organised a motorcycle rally from the airport to Hotel Rubas, chanting pro-monarchy slogans.
The former King’s visit is being seen with keen interest in political circles, though it is supposed to be purely a religious trip.
Twenty Armed Police Force personnel were deployed for his security at the airport. Special Security force provided security up to a distance of 300 metres from the airport.
Though mediapersons were initially not allowed inside the airport, later they were allowed in. Though Shah was taken to the VIP room at the airport, he did not spend a long time there. He came out with security personnel from the VIP room immediately after a team of mediapersons entered the room. He did not talk to them. Shah was taken to Hotel Rubas from Dhangadi bazaar amid much fanfare with cultural pageants and the Panche Baja.
The ex-king talked to people who had queued up to greet him in Dhangadi Bazaar, and nodded to those who urged him to come back and save the country.
As per his itinerary, he will visit Mahendranagar-based Siddhanath Temple tomorrow; on Saturday, he will worship at the Nainadevi Bhagwati temple in Kailali and on Sunday, he will worship at the Ghodaghodi Temple in Kailali.
Gyanendra is scheduled to return to Kathmandu on Monday. Former communications secretary of the ex-king Phani Pathak said it was a purely religious trip,’’ adding, “He has a lot of
affection for the Far-Western Region.”HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE