India trained Nepalese Maoists, alleges ex-palace official

  • PTI, Kathmandu
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  • Updated: Dec 29, 2010 20:36 IST

In a newly published book on the 2001 royal massacre in Nepal, a former top military official has accused India of providing training to Maoists, who were then fighting to topple the centuries-old monarchy in the country.

"I was asked to quit the post because I came to know about India providing military training to the Maoists in its military training centre established under US assistance," former military secretary of royal palace Gen. Bivek Shah says.

In his book Maile Dekheko Durbar, or the 'Palace that I saw', he claims that he was sacked because he learnt about the incident.

There have been at least 3-4 other books written on the royal massacre and each of these books have their own theory to explain the tragedy.

Nepalese newspapers carried the news report with prominence on Monday and Tuesday.

He also endorses the official probe commission's report saying that then crown prince Dipendra was behind the killing of nine members of the royal palace including himself.

He, however, claimed that the massacre was a conspiracy hatched by external and internal forces.

Shah who served in the palace for 26 years, writes that a team of Nepal Armed Police, that visited Chakrauta in Uttaranchal to receive arms training, received information that in the past the Maoist insurgents also received training in the same training centre.

He also claims in his 599 page book that India trained the Tamil Tigers as well as Bangladesh's Mukti Senas and the Tibetan Khampas at the same facility.

King Birendra, he writes in his book, was planning to establish an arms manufacturing company in Kathmandu where he wanted to assemble sophisticated weapons such as HK G-36 riffle by using German technology and supply the arms to other South Asian countries, which was not favoured by India.

He claims that then King Birendra was considering to form a national government with the inclusion of the Maoists and hold general election after two years by amending the constitution by securing his role.

He writes that during his China visit Birendra might have received assurance from the Chinese government in favour of his plan and he was also about to seek India's approval to his plan. The royal massacre took place a couple of months after Birendra's China visit.

The Nepali royal massacre occurred on Friday, June 1, 2001, at a house in the grounds of the Narayanhity Royal Palace, then the residence of the Nepalese monarchy, when the heir to the throne. Prince Dipendra killed nine members of his family and himself. The dead included King Birendra of Nepal and Queen Aiswarya, Dipendra's father and mother.


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