The Royal Massacre in Nepal refers to a series of events that occurred on June 1, 2001, in which the then-King of Nepal, Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, his entire immediate family and other members of the royal family were killed in a mass shooting. The incident took place at the Narayanhiti Palace in Kathmandu, Nepal.
According to official reports, the massacre was carried out by Crown Prince Dipendra, who was reported to have gone on a shooting spree after a family argument. He first shot and injured his father, King Birendra, and then turned the gun on the rest of the family, killing his parents, his brothers and sisters, and other members of the royal family. He then shot himself, and died in hospital three days later.
The incident caused widespread shock and mourning in Nepal, as well as many other countries. The immediate aftermath of the event was marked by uncertainty and speculation, as the official story of the events was disputed by many.
The then-government led by Prime minister Girija Prasad Koirala, declared the event as a “palace revolution” and initiated the process of forming a commission to investigate the incident. However, due to political reasons, the investigation was never completed.
The incident had a significant impact on Nepal’s politics and history. The King, who was considered a symbol of stability and continuity for the country, was killed along with the entire royal family and this event marked the end of the Shah dynasty’s rule in Nepal and the beginning of a new era in the country’s politics. The event lead to the abolishment of the monarchy and Nepal became a republic in 2008.
In conclusion, the Royal Massacre in Nepal occurred on June 1, 2001, in which the entire royal family of Nepal were killed in a mass shooting at the Narayanhiti Palace in Kathmandu. The incident was carried out by Crown Prince Dipendra, who later died from his self-inflicted gunshot wounds. The event marked the end of the Shah dynasty’s rule in Nepal and it had a significant impact on the country’s politics and history. The incident was officially marked as a “palace revolution” but the investigation was never completed.