Nepal to probe 2001 royal massacre for ’inside story’: PM

Accusing former king Gyanendra of ‘destroying the proofs´ of the infamous 2001 royal massacre, Premier Prachanda today said the Nepal government is ready to probe the entire episode to unearth the ‘inside story´.
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Updated on Feb 26, 2009 07:50 PM IST
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Accusing former king Gyanendra of ‘destroying the proofs´ of the infamous 2001 royal massacre, Premier Prachanda today said the Nepal government is ready to probe the entire episode to unearth the ‘inside story´.

“Being the first prime minister of federal democratic republic of Nepal, I pledge to all of you that the royal massacre will be investigated again and the clear picture of the incident will be brought to the public,” Prachanda said.

While turning the Narayanhiti royal palace into a public museum where the infamous incident took place Prachanda heaped praise on the former king Birendra who was assassinated on June 1, 2001 along with his entire family.

“I have come to know that the site where the brutal incident occurred was destroyed along with several proofs of the incident under the guidance of last King Gyanendra,” Prachanda was quoted as saying by Kantipur.

“This is one incident that every Nepali individual has the right to know the truth of, or know who was behind such tragic incident.”

Stating the royal genocide was the commencement of impunity in the country, he committed that the people will not be deprived of the right to know the massacre’s inside story.

“Former King Birendra used to be known as the most liberal one amongst other Shah Kings. People still respect Birendra,” he said. Prachanda’s comment came a after former king Gyanendra is on a private visit to India.

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