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Nepal Royal Witnesses Confirm Dispute
on 2001/6/18 1:49:02 ( 869 reads )


KATMANDU, NEPAL, June 16, 2001: The witnesses' interviews confirmed widely held suspicions that his parent's opposition to his choice of bride was the provocation for Nepal's crown prince gunning. The government released new details from its report on the June 1 mass killing that shocked this Himalayan nation. One of those present during the shooting was Paras, the son of new King Gyanendra. He said Crown Prince Dipendra's choice of bride, Devyani Rana, had divided the family. "This was the main issue,'' Paras told investigators. Paras said that Dipendra appeared intoxicated when he asked Dipendra what was troubling him. Dipendra replied that it was the marriage issue. Supreme Court Chief Justice Keshav Prasad Upadhyaya and House Speaker Taranath Ranabhat investigated the case for a week before confirming on Thursday that Dipendra was the lone gunman. The report said the 29-year-old prince was drunk and high on hashish. A translation of the official report can be found at

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