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Nepalese royal massacre

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The Nepalese Royal Massacre occurred on 1 June 2001, at a house on the grounds of the Narayanhity Royal Palace, the residence of the Nepalese monarchy. Ten members of the family were killed during a party or monthly reunion dinner of the royal family in the house. The dead included King Birendra of Nepal and Queen Aishwarya.

Nepalese Royal Massacre
Narayanhiti Palace Museum.jpg
The Narayanhity Royal Palace, former home of the Royal Family. Following the abdication of the king and the founding of a republic, the building and its grounds have been turned into a museum.
Location Narayanhity Royal Palace, Kathmandu, Nepal
Date 1 June 2001
(19 Jestha 2058 B.S.)
Around 21:00 (UTC+05:45)
Target The Nepalese Royal Family
King Birendra of Nepal
Attack type
mass murder
Deaths 10
Non-fatal injuries

Later, upon his father's death, Prince Dipendra became King of Nepal while in coma, and he died in the hospital three days after the massacre without recovering from this coma.

Birendra's brother Gyanendra became king after the massacre and the death of King Dipendra.[1]


Ceremonial responseEdit

On 11 June 2001, a Hindu katto ceremony was held to exorcise or banish the spirit of the dead King from Nepal. A brahmin Durga Prasad Sapkota, dressed as Birendra to symbolise the late King, rode an elephant out of Kathmandu and into symbolic exile, taking many of the actual belongings of the King with him.[2]

Conspiracy theoriesEdit

[3] King Birendra and his son Dipendra were very popular and well respected by the Nepalese population. Subsequently, Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda, the chairman of the Nepalese Maoist Party, in a public gathering claimed that the massacre was planned by the Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) or the American Central Intelligance Agency (CIA).[4] Promoters of these ideas allege Gyanendra had a hand in the massacre so that he could assume the throne himself. His ascension to the throne would only be possible if both of his nephews Dipendra and Nirajan were eliminated. Moreover, Gyanendra and especially his son Prince Paras were very unpopular with the public. On the day of the massacre he was in Pokhara whilst other royals were attending a dinner function. His wife Komal, Paras and daughter Prerana were in the room at the royal palace during the massacre. While the entire families of Birendra and Dipendra were wiped out, nobody in Gyanendra's family died: his son escaped with slight injuries,[5] and his wife sustained a life-threatening bullet wound but survived.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Dipendra was innocent: witness". The Indian Express. 24 Jul 2008. 
  2. ^ ABC News. "Nepal Banishes Soul of Dead King". ABC News. Retrieved 25 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Nepalese diaspora fears for future". BBC News. 4 June 2001. 
  4. ^ "Apathy, date quirk make Nepal forget royal massacre". The Times of India. 1 Jun 2011. 
  5. ^ "Nepal's errant crown prince". BBC News. 5 June 2001. Retrieved 31 May 2009. 
  6. ^ "Nepal queen leaves hospital". BBC News. 27 June 2001. Retrieved 31 May 2009. 

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