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 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.
April 20, 1990 |
Krishna Prasad Bhattarai, a leader of the pro-democracy movement who spent 14 years in jail, Thursday became prime minister of Nepal's first independent government in almost three decades. King Birendra administered Bhattarai's oath of office at the royal palace, embarking on a new political course for the Himalayan monarchy where Birendra once wielded absolute power. After the ceremony at Narayan-heti palace, Bhattarai drove to the government secretariat where he swore in nine ministers.
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 15, 2001 |
Before he gunned down his parents and seven other people at a dinner party, Nepal's crown prince--drunk on scotch and high on hashish--told his girlfriend by phone that he was going to sleep, investigators into Nepal's royal massacre said in a report issued Thursday. Trying to explain the bloodshed to a skeptical public, investigators said 29-year-old Crown Prince Dipendra, heir to the throne of the Himalayan kingdom, was solely to blame for the June 1 slayings.
August 25, 1990 |
Twenty-two persons were arrested Friday for protesting and stoning a limousine carrying Queen Aishwarya, two of her children and her sister, authorities said. The royal family, which was en route to the Temple of Pashupati Nath for the festival of Teej, was not injured in the incident Thursday, although the queen's vehicle was badly damaged, the Home Ministry said. Leaders of two political parties in the interim government denounced the incident.