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Maoists planned to abduct Paras, kill Army chief in 2005

world Updated: Jul 15, 2009 21:19 IST
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The Maoists had planned to abduct Nepal’s crown prince and kill the country’s Army chief as part of a plot to give a jolt to the monarchy during the reign of the now deposed King Gyanendra in 2005, a media report said on Wednesday.

The plan was to abduct the flamboyant crown prince Paras and take him to a remote hilly district to make him “confess” what actually happened in the royal palace in June, 2001 when King Birendra was killed along with all his family members, pro-Maoist Nepali daily ‘Naya Patrika´ said.

The official probe commission had blamed the then crown prince Dipendra for the massacre but questions have been raised over the theory.

After the incidents of June 1, 2001 Gyanendra assumed the throne. Three years later, he sacked elected Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and took control of the state affairs temporarily.

Finally in February 2005, he sacked Deuba for a second time and assumed absolute power.

Maoists were planning to capture Paras and bring him to the rebel headquarters in Rolpa where an explanation would be sought from him on the palace massacre, the paper said quoting the then Maoists’ Kathmandu valley in-charge Kumar Dahal.

There was also a plan to explode a car bomb to attack the then army chief Pyar Jung Thapa, he said.