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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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 sees red

“BARA, JUL 25 – Ram Bahadur Bamjan, widely known as the Buddha boy, and his associates have allegedly attacked locals in Bara district for sacrificing animals during Gadimai fair. Bamjan and his associates took 17 locals of Ratanpuri VDC under control from a jungle on Thursday and thrashed them mercilessly before releasing them on Friday, said one of the victims. Bamjan has been doing penance in the Ratanpuri Jungle for the last five years.”

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BARA, JUL 25 – Ram Bahadur Bamjan, widely known as the Buddha boy, and his associates have allegedly attacked locals in Bara district for sacrificing animals during Gadimai fair.

Bamjan and his associates took 17 locals of Ratanpuri VDC under control from a jungle on Thursday and thrashed them mercilessly before releasing them on Friday, said one of the victims. Bamjan has been doing penance in the Ratanpuri Jungle for the last five years.

According to the victims, Bamjan and his friends took them under control when they went to the forest to gather vegetables. “They took us under control, crammed us into a room and beat up us with sticks,” said another victim, seeking anonymity. He said Bamjan and his associates were angry that they had sacrificed animals during the last year’s Gadhimai fair despite admonishments from him not to do so.

They victims have sustained injuries all over their bodies and have file a complaint against Bamjan at the district police office on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Bed Bahadur Thing, chairman of Tapoban Forest Conservation Committee, said that they beat up the locals for their attitude towards Bamjan. Superintendent of Police Manoj Neupane said investigation is underway.

Posted on: 2010-07-25 09:18

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