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Mystery remains over Palace massacre

It’s been exactly nine years since the royal palace massacre in Nepal. But questions on the incident still linger. The recent is revelations made by former king Birendra Shah’s press secretary Chiran Shumsher Rana in a report.

world Updated: Jun 02, 2010 01:49 IST
Utpal Parashar

It’s been exactly nine years since the royal palace massacre in Nepal. But questions on the incident still linger.

The recent is revelations made by former king Birendra Shah’s press secretary Chiran Shumsher Rana in a report published by Nepal, a weekly magazine.

Rana, who served the royal family for several decades, states in the report that opposition to his wedding was not the only reason why prince Dipendra orchestrated the massacre.

On June 1, 2001, thirteen members of the royal family including king Birendra and his wife Aishwarya were killed by Dipendra in a shooting spree. He later shot himself and succumbed to death.

His parents’ opposition to his plans to marry the girl of his choice — Devyani Rana — was stated to be the reason for his act.

In the report Rana states that while the queen was opposed to this wedding, the king had remained silent. Birendra was unhappy with his father’s silence, it mentions. The report mentions that there were differences in the family for some time and Birendra was not having the best of relations with his brothers, Gyanendra and Dhirendra.