King Birendra Shah and his family members were shot dead at the Narayanhiti Royal Palace twenty years ago on June 1, 2001.
Along with the then King Birendra Shah, his wife queen Aishwarya Shah, his two sons– Crown Prince Dipendra Shah and Prince Nirajan Shah, his daughter princess Shruti and other seven royal family members were assassinated.
At around 11 PM that night, someone called me and whispered, “Do you know what happened? Shooting occurred. King [Birendra Shah] and many others are no more.”
I called the chief secretary. He said that he had also heard, however, he could not confirm the macabre massacre.
Next day, we reached the Army Hospital in Chhauni, Kathmandu where the injured royal family members were taken for treatment. I met Kumar Maheshwar Singh, a son-in-law of King Tribhuvan Shah. While asked about the incident, he said that it was Crown Prince Dipendra who opened the fire. I also inquired whether post mortems of the mortal remains were carried out. Singh, however, said that no autopsy was conducted following the order from queen mother Ratna Shah. He said the post mortem test of the royal members was not done as he quoted the queen mother.
How was the inquiry committee formed?
A few days after the massacre, King Gyanendra form