Will order fresh probe into palace massacre,says Nepal’s Prachanda

More than eight years after the palace massacre in Nepal,Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda on Thursday announced that his Government would order a fresh probe into the incident.....

Written by Yubaraj Ghimire | Kathmandu | Published: February 27, 2009 12:48 am

More than eight years after the palace massacre in Nepal,Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda on Thursday announced that his Government would order a fresh probe into the incident. He,however,did not disclose the nature or timeframe of the probe.

Prachanda was speaking at the inaugural function of the Narayanhiti Palace museum,which will be thrown open to the public on Friday.

“I will order a fresh probe into the royal massacre and bring the truth before the people,” he said. The people have a right to know who all were behind the massacre,he added.

Prachanda said that Gyanendra,who is now in India to attend a wedding,destroyed all evidence and razed Tribhuvan Sadan,the building where the massacre took place on June 1,2001,before he moved into the palace as king.

Altogether,10 members of the royal family had lost their lives while Komal Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah,Gyanendra’s wife,had sustained serious bullet injuries. Crown prince Dipendra had shot and killed his parents and close relatives in a fit of rage as the King had objected to his wedding with a girl he was in love with.

Finance Minister Baburam Bhattarai said that the palace massacre was part of a larger conspiracy with “imperialist America and expansionist India and their local puppets” involved.

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