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Prachanda orders re-probe into 2001 royal massacre

Nepal’s Maoist-led government is set to begin the reinvestigation into the controversial 2001 royal massacre of King Birendra and 10 members of his family after the coalition partners agreed to the constitution of a probe panel.

world Updated: Apr 16, 2009 14:47 IST

Nepal’s Maoist-led government is set to begin the reinvestigation into the controversial 2001 royal massacre of King Birendra and 10 members of his family after the coalition partners agreed to the constitution of a probe panel.

Prime Minister Prachanda had announced that the government would re-investigate the massacre while inaugurating the Narayanhiti Museum in the complex of the former royal palace in central Kathmandu on February 26.

A meeting of the high-level mechanism of the ruling coalition partners that assists the government reached an agreement to form a “credible” commission on Tuesday, the Kantipur online said. According to report, the council of ministers will soon begin the work on the probe commission.

Deposed King Gyanendra’s popular older brother Birendra was slaughtered in 2001 palace massacre along with most of the royal family by the then crown prince Dipendra, who was allegedly fuelled by a cocktail of drugs and alcohol.

The findings of the earlier commission in 2001, under the chairmanship of then Speaker Taranath Ranabhat, had concluded that then Crown Prince Dipendra killed the king, the queen and other members of the royal family before turning the gun on himself.