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I did not blame India for ex-king's murder: Prachanda

world Updated: Jan 10, 2010 22:32 IST
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Nepal's Maoist supremo Prachanda, who has steeped up anti-India rhetorics since he resigned as the Prime Minister, on Sunday dismissed media reports that he had blamed New Delhi for the murder of former King Birendra and communist leader Madan Bhandari.

Nepal's former king Birendra was killed along with most of the royal family in the 2001 palace massacre by the then crown prince Dipendra, who was allegedly fuelled by a cocktail of drugs and alcohol.

Bhandari died in 1993 in a road accident in mysterious manner.

Prachanda dismissed reports that he had blamed India for the death of the former monarch and Bhandari.

"I did not blame India for the murders," Prachanda told reporters today.

The Maoist mouthpiece had reported Prachanda saying during a programme yesterday that "expansionist forces" killed Birendra and Bhandari as they tried to defend national independence and maintain civilian supremacy.

Prachanda dismissed the media report saying it had misquoted his remarks.

Last month, Prachanda had blamed India's "naked interference" for the deepening political crisis in Nepal. He had described the 22-party coalition led by Madhave Kumar Nepal as a "puppet government" controlled from New Delhi.

Political tensions have been high in Nepal since a government led by the Maoist resigned last May amid a dispute with President Ram Baran Yadav, who reinstated General Rukmangad Katawal, the then Army Chief dismissed by Maoists Prime Minister Prachanda.