June 7, 2001 |
The royal slaughter here started with the killing of the king--shot by his angry, drunken son, Crown Prince Dipendra, the prince's uncle said Wednesday. After shooting his father, Dipendra sprayed a roomful of guests with fire from his assault rifle, his uncle said. In the end, the bloodied ornate halls and garden of the palace were strewn with the bodies of the prince's parents, his brother and sister and five others. Then Dipendra killed himself.
June 6, 2001 |
The bodies of two kings have gone up in the flames of funeral pyres in the past week, so Nepalese have a wary eye on the prince presumed to now be next in line for the throne. Many don't like what they see. King Gyanendra, who ascended the throne Monday after 10 members of the royal family died in a mysterious palace massacre, has only one son, Prince Paras, 26. The prince has a reputation as a gambler and carouser--and worse.
June 5, 2001 |
As soldiers enforced a curfew to end hours of rioting, Nepal's new king promised Monday that a commission headed by the chief justice will find out the truth about the massacre that decimated the royal family. The probe into the shooting deaths of King Birendra, his queen and six others Friday will be completed within three days, King Gyanendra, Birendra's 53-year-old brother, said in a televised address hours after ascending the throne.
June 4, 2001 |
With the second declaration of a Nepali king's death in just four days, public anger and confusion intensified today and stone-throwing demonstrators took to the streets demanding to know the truth behind the slayings of Nepal's royal family. In an emergency meeting, the state council confirmed that King Dipendra had officially been declared dead early this morning. The council proclaimed Dipendra's uncle, Prince Gyanendra, who had been acting king, the new monarch.
June 3, 2001 |
Beneath a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, destroyer of worlds, Nepal's king and seven members of the royal family were cremated on sandalwood pyres Saturday, just hours after the prince accused of killing them was awarded the throne. But in another byzantine twist, a royal council declared the new king, Crown Prince Dipendra, 29, unfit to rule because of his "physically incapacitated condition requiring intensive care."
June 2, 2001 |
The heir to Nepal's ancient throne killed the country's king and queen and several other members of the royal family Friday, then killed himself, according to a top government official. The palace massacre in Katmandu, Nepal's capital, horrified the Himalayan nation of about 22 million people, whose government is struggling to put down a spreading insurgency by Maoist rebels who control large tracts of remote mountains and valleys.