Police quizzes Buddha Boy over thrashing locals

Police quizzes Buddha Boy over thrashing locals

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DIWAKAR BHANDARI & ARUN RAI

PATHALAIYA/ KATHMANDU: Police on Monday interrogated Ram Bahadur Bomjan, famously known as Buddha Boy, in connection with the thrashing of local villagers by him for trying to disrupt his penance on Thursday.

A squad of police, led by inspectors Rudrakanta Jha and Bhesh Raj Rijal from Bara District Police Office visited Bamjan in Halkhoriya forest, Bara, following complaints registered against him by a group of 17 vilagers.

Talking to the police, Bomjan admitted to having thrashed the villagers. “Yes, I took a minor action against them because they tried to disturb me while I was meditating,” he said.

Refuting the victims’ claimthat they mistakenly stepped into Bomjan’s meditating site while searching wild vegetables, Bomjan said, “They came to this area just to disrupt my meditation.”

Bomjan also admitted that he had taken the villagers into his control for 24 hours. “I had to do so personally because I did not have anyone around to punish them,” he said.

Though Bamjan claimed he only used hands while thrashing, the villagers have said he had thrashed them with a handle of an axe continuously for three hours.

Also Bomjan said he would not come to the court for trial. “Do you think a meditating sage will go to the court to hear a case?” he exclaimed.

“I took action against them as per the divine law,” he added.

Bamjan also refuted the allegation that he punished the locals for animal sacrifice, during Gadhimai festival. “The Gadhimai issue has nothing to do with this incident,” he said.

Bamjan, who is seen with reverence for his spiritual quest, has been lobbying against the mass animal sacrifice, touted as the world’s biggest.

He had given his word to stop the animal sacrifice ritual that last took place in November 2009, but finally did not show up.

Meanwhile, Bed Bahadur Thing, chairman of Tapoban Forest Conservation Committee, said that they beat up the locals for their attitude towards Bamjan.

Manoj Neupane, Deputy Superintendent of Police in the district, asserted no one is supposed to be above the law of the land.

The police would investigate the case and take action if required, Neupane added.

Bamjan, revered by many as a reincarnation of Lord Buddha, came to a wider public attention in 2005 when he was first spotted in jungle.

It is claimed he could meditate motionless for months without taking food and water.

He, aged 18, embarked on six years of penance in jungle on May the same year.

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This so called “buddha boy” had always been a farce, I don’t know why they call him buddha boy, Just because He Meditates? Buddha was a man, who gained knowledge and enlightenment and has shown us the way. There was only one and will only be one Buddha. Though all man has the potential to achieve enlightenment. toksang, sydney

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Buddha boy shows wrath

Added At:  2010-07-24 11:41 PM

Last Updated At: 2010-07-25 11:30 AM

Diwakar Bhandari

PATHLAIYA: Ram Bahadur Bamjan, 20, popularly known as Buddha boy, thrashed 17 locals after holding them for nearly 24 hours in Bara district on Friday.

The injured locals from Manaharwa VDC said they were thrashed at Ratanpuri forest where they had gone to collect wild vegetables on Thursday afternoon.

The victims said, Bamjan, with the help of a local, brought them to a local’s house and thrashed them saying they were trying to scuttle his meditation. Pralhad Chaudhary, one of the injured said he had accused them of disrupting his meditation. Injured locals said they were given cetamol and tetanus injection after spending a sleepless night in pain. The injured arrived in Kalaiya today for treatment.

Locals have lodged a complaint at the local police station at Jaitapur against Bamjan demanding stern action and warned of protests. Namobuddha Tapoban Committee chairman Bed Bahadur Thing said Bamjan punished them for attempting to scuttle his meditation.

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Posted on: 2011-12-04 07:41:02

It is totally unbelievable that such a person who has proven his love and kindness for more than six years in meditation would be capable of such a violent act. besides, what type of person would subject himself to such a treatment without defending himself from such cruelty from a twenty hear old? Lawrence A. Young, USA

Posted on: 2010-08-29 02:09:48

Please read the following article in response to world newspapers. It is really quite unpardonable that the world news, without much thought, would take the word of 17 armed aggressors over a Tapasvi who has fastidiously meditated for over 5 years and adheres to the Pancha Sila. http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-476289 Global Dervish, San Francisco, USA

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