24 hurt as Bamjan supporters clash with locals

“BARA, JUN 12 – Twenty-four people were injured in a clash between local people and followers of Ram Bahadur Bamjan, aka the Buddha boy, at Piluwa in Bara district on Tuesday.

The fight broke out after the Piluwa residents tried to clear obstructions placed by Bajman’s followers along the East West Highway to press the government to provide a diplomatic passport to Bamjan by recognising his status as a ‘religious guru’.”

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24 hurt as Bamjan supporters clash with locals

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BARA, JUN 12 – Twenty-four people were injured in a clash between local people and followers of Ram Bahadur Bamjan, aka the Buddha boy, at Piluwa in Bara district on Tuesday.

The fight broke out after the Piluwa residents tried to clear obstructions placed by Bajman’s followers along the East West Highway to press the government to provide a diplomatic passport to Bamjan by recognising his status as a ‘religious guru’.

It is learnt that the local youths intervened in the demonstration after Bajman’s followers started smashing up parked vehicles.

Police personnel from Simara, Nijgadh and Jitpur sent to clear the traffic obstruction charged batons and lobbed teargas shells to disperse the demonstrators. Police also fired a few rounds in the air.

Twelve security personnel were injured when Bajman’s followers clashed with them.

Police said the injured were taken to Narayani Sub-Regional Hospital in Birgunj for treatment.

Witnesses said the followers of Bajman who were armed with sticks started protesting since early morning and did not pay heed to locals’ request to not create any inconvenience to the public. Eventually, the local people decided to retaliate.

The police also confiscated 36 bicycles, seven motorcycles and a tractor used by Bamjan’s followers.

 

Posted on: 2012-06-12 10:27

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‘Buddha boy’ men ‘detain’ 2 women

“NIJGADH, MAR 26 – Followers of ‘Buddha boy’ Ram Bahadur Bomjan have been accused of holding two women, one a Slovak, captive. It is learnt that members of the Bodhi Srawan Dharma Sangh, an association formed to oversee Bomjan’s security, have held the women for ‘practicing witchcraft’ and disturbing Bomjan’s meditation.”

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NIJGADH, MAR 26 –

Followers of ‘Buddha boy’ Ram Bahadur Bomjan have been accused of holding two women, one a Slovak, captive.

It is learnt that members of the Bodhi Srawan Dharma Sangh, an association formed to oversee Bomjan’s security, have held the women for ‘practicing witchcraft’ and disturbing Bomjan’s meditation.

Bomjan has been meditating in the Halkhoriya forest of Ratanpuri VDC in Bara district for the past seven years. Though the identities of the women have not been established officially, people claiming to know them said the woman from Slovakia is named Marichi while the second woman is Mata Aani, said to be from Sindhupalchowk.

A person involved with the Sangh said the two women have been “detained” for practicing witchcraft and trying to disrupt the meditation. Marichi had arrived in Nepal 11 months ago, seeking audience with Bomjan. She stayed in a local hotel for some time before moving to a monastery in Simara. The other woman, meanwhile, had been living in the Halkhoriya region for a while. Police said they received a report about the missing women a couple of days ago and that investigations are underway.

“We interrogated one Jash Bahadur Waiba of the Sangh. He told us that the two women would be made public on Wednesday,” said police inspector Krishna Prasad Sharma. Two days after the Slovak woman went missing, two Sangh members had arrived at the monastery and taken away her laptop and clothes, said a person involved in the conservation of the monastery. Some locals claimed having seen Marichi riding pillion on a motorcycle with two Sangh members to the direction of Bomjan’s meditation spot.

Posted on: 2012-03-26 08:48

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