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Dipendra's troubled childhood

I met Dipendra in the palace when he was three years old. King Birendra and Queen Aiswarya were busy with state affairs most of the time. Dipendra was brought up by nannies and orderlies, and was deprived of parental love. He wasn't allowed to mingle much with other children, nor was he put under the care of experts to groom him to be crown prince. He did not even get an opportunity to develop a normal personality, and used to beat people to the ground and until they cried. He used to enjoy doing it, and was growing eccentric and stubborn.

I couldn't help notice what was happening to him. Although mother-son relations should be warm, Dipendra was not in good terms with the queen as both were headstrong. Neither would concede defeat. I experienced and closely studied his personality, I witnessed and experienced his sadistic activities. We had to escort him to school when he was in kindergarten. He did not want to go to school, but the queen forced him to. She used to shout at him and slap him often when he refused. Sometimes, he wanted to get off the car that was taking him to school.

Dipendra was a lot of bother to his ADCs. He had a destructive streak and used to break glasses and pens in the ADC's office, and if an ADC refused to obey him he used to kick and slap them. I had been at the receiving end of such treatment often. He had named me "Dangerous ADC". He was a spoilt brat.

The reason he was sent off to boarding school at Budhanilkantha was that he was difficult to handle at home. Actually, he enjoyed the freedom he had as a crown prince in school. He started drinking and smoking when he was in Grade Seven. We also heard that he led a gang to Siddhartha Bansathali School for a fight. He was interested in body-building, boxing and karate.

The distance between Dipendra and his parents widened after he started going to school. The parents cut his allowance but he would borrow from others. Since childhood, he got pleasure from hurting others, he used to hunt pigeons with his catapult, and he would torture the wounded bird before it died. If he caught a mouse, he would set its tail on fire and leave it to die.

He had a thoughtful side, too. He loved travelling, wrote poetry, and Nepali literature teachers were hired to hone his talent. In Grade Six, he came up to me and said, "My mother is always ordering me around, can you have a word with her?" I couldn't help him.

As he grew older, he fell for Supriya Shah. The queen came to know about it. She may have asked him about it, which he did not like. The queen was against this relationship because of family ties: Supriya was grand-daughter of Queen Mother Ratna's own sister. I overheard the queen once saying, "Supriya is not competent to be queen."

Queen Ratna didn't mind the relationship, and King Birendra found himself in the middle between Ratna and Aiswarya. Dipendra met Devyani when he was studying at Eton. He continued his relationship with Supriya while he courted Devyani. But the royal family had a position that the crown price should not marry someone having relatives in India, as Devyani did.

He once had a torrid affair with a Japanese girl he met at Eton, and she had come to Nepal often to meet him. On one of those visits they had a huge fight. Dipendra's ADC Gajendra Bohora escorted her to the airport. On the way, the girl told him: "Your crown prince is mad, he will die a dog's death."

I had no time to grieve


It was completely unimaginable. It was a huge shock, when I first heard what had happened that night, my nerves went numb. I rushed to the military hospital in Chhauni where I saw the grotesquely mutilated bodies of the members of the royal family. I cannot describe it in words. As ADC, I had to overcome my emotions, there was no time to grieve, I had to focus on the task at hand. I called the secretaries, the prime minister whom I briefed on what was going on.

I worked with the investigation team. I told them, I tell you now: Crown Prince Dipendra did it. But the conspiracy theories won't go away. Who and why was the crown prince provoked to carry out such an act?

The report mentioned the crown prince went on the rampage under the influence of drugs and drinks, which is not completely right. We never saw him drunk and fall unconscious. It might be that he was stressed before going ahead with his plan. He was in control, just look at his phone calls and the people he talked to. He pretended he was drunk.

It was true he had an ambition to be king. "If I don't become the king, then nobody does," he had told me once. I took it as a joke. He was getting extremely frustrated with the wait to be king. Never in my wildest imagination did I think this would happen.

Even today, when I remember that night, I break down.

Vivek Kumar Shah was serving as Military Secretary at the palace during the massacre

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1. milan amar
It seems Mr. Shah knows entirely that the gory royal killing was done by the then prince Dipendra. If he had such strange personality,as Mr shah describes, he might have shown it to public and we had never heard about his distorted personality before you published a book on royal massacre. however, thousands of people like me are not in a position to believe what you say about him because he was known an educated, humble and intelligent prince. Paras is much known for his notoriety in public even if he is assumed to have a normal personality. If Dipendra had what you stresses, it might have known to many, not only you as close aid of prince and palace. I think Mr shah's statements need to be verified  

2. H.Zollinger
"Vivek Kumar Shah was serving as Military Secretary at the palace during the massacre", so he was just watching?

3. Arthur
This eye witness testimony seems less convincing than that of Ketaki Chester. There is more reason to suspect the author has his own motivations.

But once again, we have confirmation that Dipendra was not drunk or drugged and knew what he was doing, and also that he was a vicious person who deserved to die.

Why no mention that when the army came to pick up Gyanendra, he thought he was being arrested?

Clearly some sort of military coup was "in the air".

4. G Tamu
Dipendra isn't here to contest the accusations hence it is easier for all concerned or rather involved to throw all the possible blames at him but WHO are these people trying to vindicate and for what? 

5. DBT

The big question is who made the known killer of his parents and  a brain dead person the king of Nepal? Shame on the Raj Parishad chamchas and shame on the government of GPK. From the moment onwards they declared Dipendra the king, it was a quick downhill for monarchy.

Ok, Dipendra is gone and so is the monarchy. How about Paras Shah's continuing outrageous behaviour? Do the Nepali people need to wait till a serious harm is caused to the people and himself?

6. rishav

"Since childhood, he got pleasure from hurting others, he used to hunt pigeons with his catapult, and he would torture the wounded bird before it died. If he caught a mouse, he would set its tail on fire and leave it to die."

The act of enoyment of torturing animals and pets in childhood is actually a sign of developing psychopathic and antisocial personality disorder as an adult. Alot of famous mass murderers had started out in their early lives enjoying torturing animals. An early sign of abnormlaity in the Crown Prince's mindset which was perhaps over looked or hidden from everyone. 

7. kamal gurung
why dig the old wound. let the time heal itself. Nothing goes to waste in nature. It takes its own course and time. But it heals itself.

8. indra karki
I served almost 3 decades in Royal Nepal Army, out of that about9 years inside Palace. I personally new and dealt with CP Deependra, in fact we were as close as brothers. In the name of God, what General V. Shah wrote is Hundred percent correct and what Sistrer Ms. Kettaki wrote is true as well. Of course there may be reasons to doubt because of unbelievable statements and expressions from various sectors including Royal Palace, may be some individuals also had some ill intentions, yet the massacre was caused by CP Deependra and the allegation to King Gyanendra was wrong. If we believe on God we must tell the truth.

9. Arthur
The article quotes the palace military secretary saying this:

"...Crown Prince Dipendra did it. But the conspiracy theories won't go away. Who and why was the crown prince provoked to carry out such an act?"

But AFP quotes the same source like this:

"The high-level (government) commission formed to investigate the massacre only reported what happened and how it happened," said Vivek Kumar Shah, a former military secretary at the royal palace.

"It didn�t say why it happened," he added.

Shah said some internal and external forces could have provoked the crown prince but declined to elaborate,...

It was natural for people to assume the palace story that Dipendra did it was a lie since their previous stories were obviously a lie and Dipendra was dead while Gyanendra became King.

But accepting that Dipendra did it very clearly does not settle why Dipendra did it, or who killed him after he did it.

The article conveys the impression that Vivek Kumar Shah was quoting and rejecting conspiracy theories that "won't go away".

The AFP report makes it clear that he was very sharply suggesting that other internal and external forces could have been involved in encouraging or not preventing Dipendra's acts.

(11 JAN 2013 - 17 JAN 2013)