Police imposed a 4 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew in Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur after earlierfiring tear gas to disperse thousands of angry mourners who threw rocks at baton-wielding police and raced around the city on motorcycles. The dusk-to-dawn curfew in the capital is intended to quell unrest after police struggled to control angry crowds and fired warning shots over the heads of protesters.
Late on Monday, the capital fell quiet because of the curfew, helped perhaps by pre-monsoon rains that fell during clashes between rioters and police. Armed riot police used tear gas and batons to hold back the crowds, which repeatedly tried to approach the palace.
were given orders touse their weapons if demonstrators resisted arrest.
Youths on motorbikes carried pictures of the late king and queen. Many
protesters brandished sticks. Many of those protesting in the streets
of the capital on Monday appeared to believe neither that the killings
were an accident, nor that Dipendra did the shooting. Some shouted
slogans against the new king and his son, Paras Shah, suggesting that they
might have been involved in the massacre. Other conspiracy theories
involve India and, according to Nepal's militant Maoist groups, unnamed
shouted that they did not believe that the former Crown PrinceDipendra,
who was king on life support for two days before he died early Monday,
had carried out the shootings, as claimed by military and government sources.
Others blamed the new king for the murders. During the day, armed riot
patrols surrounded the palace.
it is believed that Dipendra's parents were so opposed to the match that
they had threatened to disinherit Dipendra in favour of the younger son,
Niranjan: this dates back to the traditional rivalry between the Shahs
and the Ranas. In fact, when King Birendra married Queen Aishwarya, it
was considered an "unusual alliance" because the Queen was a Rana.
Devyani, who was in India for Vijayaraje's funeral, is the greatgrand-daughter of the last Rana prime minister of Nepal, General MohunShumsher Jung Bahadur. Karan Singh's wife, Yasho Rajya Lakshmi, is the General's grand-daughter - Yasho Rajya Lakshmi and Pashupati Ranaare cousins. Madhavrao Scindia's wife, named Madhavi Devi after her marriage, also comes from a branch of the Rana family.
King Tribhuvan, grandfather of the late king Birendra Bir Bikram Shah,had two wives, and both were daughters of the King of Kashipur whoseson was the maternal grandfather of Martand Singh, scion of theKapurthala royal family.
That's not the only India connection. Before King Birendra became the first from the Nepal royal family to study at Eton, he was a student at StJoseph's School, Darjeeling. His daughter, 25-year-old Princess Shruti,also shot dead by Dipendra on Friday, went to Mayo College in Ajmer,often described as the 'Eton of the East.' Known to be a very good swimmer, she is remembered by her teachers as "a good student and avery unassuming person."
In fact, says vice-principal Dipika Hazra: "The parents themselves never threw their weight around. Like any other parent, they always took prior permission when they wanted to takeShruti out of the college." She also remembers the first time the"concerned brother"' came to check on the school and "inquired about the climate, the severe heat of Ajmer and about coolers (we didn't haveany then)."
That was in 1993. In 1994, Shruti completed her Class XII, as part of thefirst batch of the Girls' College. Married, she was the mother of two, theyoungest being a seven-month-old daughter.
The late King Birendra was also directly related to the Maharaja of Jodhpur and Maharaja of Mayurbhanj in Orissa. Maharani Hemlata, wife of Maharaja Gaj Singh of Jodhpur, and the Rajkumari of Poonch before that, is the niece of King Mahendra, father of King Birendra.
Shruti reportedly intervened to calm the Crown Prince. She told him to postpone the matter as their father was having a heart problem. But Dipendra was saired to be soagitated that he slapped her and left in a huff. Minutes later he reportedly came back with weapons and shot everybody dead. It was over inseconds.
The royal family wanted the Crown Prince marry a Shah woman with whom too he was said to have had an affair."He used to tell his close friends about the affair, but always emphasised that he would marry Devyani. During this fateful evening meeting, the King's mother had also reportedly spoken out against his choice of the bride. They are said to have warned him going against the royal protocol on marriages".