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Dipendra Dies of Wounds, Gyanendra Crowned King

on 2001/6/4 9:49:02 ( 1412 reads )


KATHMANDU, NEPAL, June 4, 2001: King Dipendra died early Monday of a wound received in the massacre after being in a coma all weekend. Officials clamped a curfew on Kathmandu to quell growing rage over what many in Nepal saw as a failure to explain the massacre that claimed most of the royal family. Pressure grew on authorities Monday to provide a credible explanation of the massacre. The new king Gyanendra, who missed the fatal Friday night dinner at which his brother King Birendra and six other royals were shot to death, has pledged a full investigation into the palace bloodbath and to announce the findings. This report from Reuters says that Nepalese are asking questions such as: Where were the palace guards who would have heard the sounds of the firing? How had he managed to kill so many people without being stopped? And why was only his immediate family slain when the room was reported to be full of servants? And how, when the rampage was over, was he able to walk unhindered to the temple? The Asian Age and other newspapers said there were reports Dipendra had bullet wounds in the back.

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