Bamjan’s followers, cops clash
Added At: 2012-06-12 10:59 PM
Last Updated At: 2012-06-12 10:59 PM
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HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
PATHLAIYA: Tension ran high, when followers of Ram Bahadur Bamjan, also known to be the reincarnation of Lord Buddha, clashed with riot police in Bara, Pathlaiya-Nijgadh road section today.
Bamjan’s supporters had staged a sit-in and halted vehicular movement in the highway blaming the administration for not issuing Bamjan his citizenship certificate in the name of Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangh, a group said to be formed for his protection.
The situation grew tense when locals of Dumarwan-7, Piluwa, charged the protesters with sticks for obstructing the highway in the name of fulfilling their demand.
Some protesters have been injured due to police baton charge.
Police impounded half a dozen motorcycles and more than 50 bicycles of the demonstrators.
Hundreds of security personnel were mobilised to dismiss the sit-in of around 300 protestors.
They had also obstructed vehicular movement on Saturday for four hours in the same place.
Later, vehicular movement resumed after agreement was reached on holding discussion between protestors and representatives of Area Administration Office in District Administration office.
Chief District Officer Birendra Kumar Yadav said the protestors did not come for dialogue but to stage another sit-in.
“Their demand was against the law. We cannot give citizenship card ignoring the legal process,” he said.
Bamjan’s birth certificate was issued in the name of Ramlal on April 21,1995 but his followers have been demanding his citizenship be made in the Sangh’s name, for which they have even made a duplicate birth registration certificate in the name of ‘Dharma Sangh’.
Bamjan’s family have lodged complaint expressing dissatisfaction with the Sangh. Police have not taken action against the VDC staff who helped issue fake birth certificate.