An army staff at Narayanhiti Lal Bahadur Lamteri claimed that Crown Prince Dipendra was the one who was killed before everybody else in the June 1, 2001. Lamteri’s claim that Prince Paras brought a person wearing a Dipendra look-alike mask. But, whole account of Lamteri doesn’t seem convincing. The official report of the government probe commission had accused Dipendra for the killing. The report in itself is unbeilable and unreliable.
Whoever did it, the royal family member was left with only the family of Gyanendra. Those who didn’t survive the night include:
- King Birendra
- Queen Aishswarya
- Prince Dipendra
- Prince Nirajan
- Princess Shruti
- Prince Dhirendra
- Princess Shanti
- Princess Sharadaa
- Kumar Khadga Bikram Shah
- Princess Jayanti
Even if the main accused, Dipendra, did the massacre – he is not to be solely responsible. There are people who might have brain-washed Dipendra or encouraged the event. Video report on what happened on that day:
The ill-fated day was June 1, 2001 – Jestha 19, 2058, Friday – whole family of the King, Birendra, was killed in a party held in the Narayan Hiti Royal Palace. There are unanswered question about the mysterious incident.
- The only immediate royal family member – Gyanendra Shah, Birendra’s brother was in Pokhara and was not invited in the party.
- Gyanendra’s son and wife were at the party. But the son, Paras Shah, was unharmed. Gyanendra’s wife Komal Shah sustained a bullet wound.
- Killed in the incident were the king Birendra, his wife queen Aishwarys, his sons Dipendra and Nirajan and the daughter Shruti all were killed.
- Birendra’s another brother Dhirendra was also killed in the incident.
- Dipendra who reportedly was drunk before the incident is accused of killing them all because of his affair with Divyani Rana.
I have prepared a video about how Dipendra met Devyani Rana for the first time:
Dipendra Sarkar, film
The maker of ‘Prem Geet’ and ‘Prem Geet 2’, Santosh Sen has announced a new movie about the love story of Dipendra Shah. The love story is based on a book titled ‘Maile Dekheko Durbar’ by one of the army officers of the royal palace who had seen Dipendra grow up in front of him.
(This is one of the very few posts that I write here, that is not related to Nepali movies.)
The daughters of late princess Shruti Rajya Laxmi Shah Rana are Girvani Rana and Surangana Rana. The daughter of late King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah, Shruti was married to Gorakh Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana. After giving birth to two daughter, Shruti was killed in the Royal Massacre that happened in the Narayanhiti Royal Palace on June 1, 2001.
Father Gorakh Shamsher Jung Bahadur Rana raised the infant daughters of Shruti, who were 2 and 3 years old at the time of the death of their mother in the royal massacre.
Ex-crown Princess Shruti Rajya Laxmi Shah’s elder daughter Girvani Rana was born on January 22, 1998. The younger daughter Surangana Rana was born on October 2, 2000.
About the father, Kumar Gorakh Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana
The father of the two, Kumar Gorakh Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana is the descendants of the Rana prime minister, Chandra Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana. Gorakh and Shruti got married on 7 May 1997 in Kathmandu.
After the death of Shruti in 2001, he raised the daughters remaining single for almost a decade. Gorakh Rana married the daughter of the younger brother of ex-prime minister Lokendra Bahadur Chand, Deepti Chand on December 5, 2008. Deepti and Gorakh have a daughter from the second marriage.
Gorakh currently works in Standard Chartered Bank in Kathmandu.
The last king Nepali loved was King Birendra. Although I am no fan of monarchy, I appreciate King Birendra as a person. The royal massacre, that killed almost all of the royal family, was one of the most deadly and mysterious incident in the history of the world.
On his birthday, let me wish his soul rest in peace. Let’s go back in time and watch a few remarkable photos of the late king and the royal family of that time.
Birendra and his wife queen Aishwarya witness procession from Hanumandhoka palace.