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'King Gyanendra Wants Truth Out At The Earliest'

The palace makes placatory noises for public consumption as new 'information' does the rounds.

'King Gyanendra Wants Truth Out At The Earliest'
'King Gyanendra Wants Truth Out At The Earliest'
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The royal palace today said Nepal's new king Gyanendra wants to bring the truth behind the June 1 palace massacre before the public at the earliest even as media reports said here that the findings of the high-level panel probing the incident was unlikely to be made public till Monday.

"His majesty wants to bring the truth behind the massacre before the public at the earliest. That is why he gave only three days time to the inquiry committee. The four days extension was given on the panel's request," a palace spokesman told PTI today.

He said king Gyanendra was not in favour of any delay in making the findings public on account of the state mourning as reported in a section of the media. Had it been the case, the panel's deadline would have been extended till Saturday, when the state mourning ends, the spokesman said.

The two-member panel, headed by chief justice Keshab Prasad Upadhyaya, is scheduled to submit its report to the king tomorrow, after a four day extension given to it on Sunday to collect forensic and medical reports.

However, leading English language daily 'The Kathmandu Post', quoting sources said, most probably the report is not going to be made public before the ceremony marking the 13th day rituals of king Birendra on Saturday and since Sunday is a public holiday, it is likely that it will be made public only on Monday.

The late king's 13th day ritual, which was scheduled to take place today, has been postponed and will take place alongwith that of his son Dipendra, as Wednesday is considered inauspicious in Nepal, the palace spokesman said.

According to committee sources, the report, in its final stage of preparation, is being typed.

Meanwhile, the Nepalese weekly 'Jan Aastha' claimed that fingerprint tests on the weapons used in the massacre have proved Dipendra's role in the incident.

The superintendent of police of the central police science laboratory Dumer Limbo, it claimed, has certified that the fingerprints found on the weapons used in the killings belonged to Dipendra.

Quoting army sources, the weekly claimed that Dipendra had used US-made M-16 assault rifle and Austria made MP-5 pistol and fired 90 rounds on his relatives on the fateful Friday night.

Dipendra along with his parents had called on the Himalayan kingdom's chief priest Keshari Raj Pandey hours before the massacre and he looked sullen, it said, adding Pandey has denied that he had objected to the royals post-mortem on religious grounds.

Meanwhile, 'The Kathmandu Post' said the probe panel was trying to gather information from the last 10 people the late king had conversation with on his mobile phone.

The contact addresses of these 10 people were obtained from the memory chip of the late king's mobile phone, it said.

In the meantime, police were reviewing the security arrangements in the capital city ahead of the scheduled submission of the panel's report and the eleventh day rituals of late crown prince Dipendra tomorrow, superintendent of police Sagar Thapalia told PTI.

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