'Birendra tried to shoot Dipendra'

KATHMANDU, JUNE 16. The late king of Nepal, Birendra Shah, made an abortive last-minute attempt to shoot at his son Dipendra, as the latter fired indiscriminately on the royals at the Narayanhity palace, according to the official probe report.

Excerpts of the report released here today in the State-owned Nepalese daily Gorkhapatra said that after being injured in the first round of attack by Prince Dipendra, King Birendra had picked up the 9mm caliber MP-5K automatic sub-machine gun, which the Prince had thrown away before entering the billiards room in the palace for the second time and firing at the monarch and others, the late King's sister, Princess Shova Shahi, is quoted as having told the probe panel.