Bamjan’s boys go unruly, beat up journos

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Bamjan’s boys go unruly, beat up journos

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PATHLAIYA: Volunteers attending to Ram Bahadur Bamjan, who is said to be meditating in the Halkhoriya jungle area of Bara since 2005, today beat up five journalists.

Bibhu Adhikari of News 24 TV, Resham Tiwari of NTV, Prakash Lamsal of Image Channel, Binod Pyakurel of TTV and Basant Khatiwada of the Mofasal Dot Com Weekly fell victim to the wrath of the aides of Bamjan, who is also nicknamed Buddha Boy.

Following the attack, the journalists rushed to an Armed Police Force camp in Piluwa. “We were filming Bamjan’s sermon but suddenly his aides attacked us and seized our cameras,” said Adhikari.

Police had reached Halkhoriya after the incident, but they too were barred from entering the site where Bamjan was giving his sermon. Police, however, managed to get journalists’ cameras back.

 

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Bamjan’s aides free Slovak woman

  • Warned her not to speak
  • Whereabouts of another captive unknown

Added At:  2012-03-27 12:10 AM

Last Updated At: 2012-03-27 12:10 AM

DIWAKAR BHANDARI

PATHLAIYA: A Slovak woman, who was being held captive by followers of Ram Bahadur Bamjan, nicknamed Buddha Boy, has been freed.

The 35-year-old woman, identified only as Marichi, was freed last night at around nine after mediapersons, police and locals raised questions about her abrupt disappearance about three months ago. Whereabouts of another woman from Sindhupalchowk, identified as Mata (nun), who is also being held captive by Bamjan’s followers, is still unknown.

The two women were taken hostage by the followers of Bamjan, who have formed Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangh to what they say protect ‘Buddha Boy’, on charges of distracting the man in meditation in the Halkhoriya jungle.

Inspector KP Sharma of Area Police Office, Simara, who met Marichi at Lama Hotel this morning, told mediapersons that the Slovak woman looked tense. “She said she was kept in a tank in a ditch in Halkhoriya,” said Sharma.

Krishna Lama, who owns Lama Hotel, said a man identifying himself as Darshan Limbu from Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangh had left her in the hotel. “He appeared out of the blue on a motorbike last night, dropped her and left,” said Lama. Marichi came to Nepal two years ago to pay visit to Bamjan, who has been meditating since 2005, but had gone missing since December 28.

A scared Marichi with a broken arm refused to talk to reporters and urged them not to photograph her. “I won’t say a thing; Sangh and Bamjan have forced me into the promise that I won’t open my mouth,” said Marichi who seems to have received injuries on her head as well.

She was too moved to speak when people close to her met her this morning. “She wept herself into a state of exhaustion as she said she was tortured,” said a local from Simara. “She said she felt like she was at death’s door.”

Marichi could not tell about the other missing woman. “They kept me in ignorance about the nun. She was kept captive somewhere else, not with me,” a local quoted her.

Bara SP Dan Singh Bohara said he had also interrogated Marichi and that investigation was under way.

Police later handed over Marichi to Birgunj-based Immigration Office as her one-year visa for Nepal has expired.

Though her visa had expired, the Slovak woman was meditating in the Halkhoriya jungle and during one of those days she was taken hostage by Bamjan’s followers accusing her ‘of being a witch’.

In custody for overstaying visa

KATHMANDU: A Slovak woman, who was freed by the followers of Ram Bahadur Bamjan after keeping her hostage for about three months on Sunday night, was brought to Kathmandu on Monday. According to an official at the Department of Immigration, Marichi has been taken into custody as she has overstayed her visa. DoI officials did not allow media to talk to Marichi. However, according to Chegu Lama , a resident of Simara, who is assisting Marichi , she is in a state of distress and does not speak to anyone. Interestingly, Lama said she does not speak anything against Bamjan. In Simara, Marichi had said she wanted to return to Slovakia as soon as possible. She had also requested people close to her to help manage Rs 50,000 for her.

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Posted on: 2012-03-30 11:53:45

well this is insanity, no one can abduct anyone. This is the serious case of kidnapping and the woman harassing.Police have to search for another woman, do the case research.This is not a simple issues and cannot be ignored on the basis of his what so ever of being Buddha reputation. His all teaching goes in vain. kathy, kathmandu

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Two women held captive in Bamjan’s ashram

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Two women held captive in Bamjan’s ashram

Added At:  2012-03-26 12:37 AM

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PATHLAIYA: Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangh, formed to protect “Buddha Boy” Ram Bahadur Bamjan, has kept two women captive, one of them a foreigner, since three months.

Marichi (35) from Slovakia and another woman of Sindhupalchowk, Mata, have been confined by the Sangh, which alleges they tried to distract Bamjan’s meditation.

Inspector at Simara Area police Office, KP Sharma said a complaint had been filed about the women’s captivity in Halkhoriya forest, where Bamjan is meditating. Sharma said police interrogated some members of the Sangh in this regard. “They have confessed the women are being held captive for trying to distract Bamjan,” he said adding, “They said they will release them after he completes his religious sermon.” Bamjan’s sermon started last Wednesday.

Marichi had come to Nepal last year to meet Bamjan and has been missing since December 28. After her arrival, Marichi stayed at the local Lama Hotel and had for some time been residing in the Simara-based monastery. She used to meditate in Halkhoriya the whole day and return to the monastery in the evenings.

Krishna Maya Lama, caretaker of the monastery, said, “She has not returned since three months,” adding, “I have heard she is in Halkhoriya.” She said some days after her disappearance, two persons of the Sangh came to the monastery and took her laptop, clothes and other belongings. “Marichi is a kidney patient. She was on medication,” Krishna Maya said, adding “We had taken the medicine, which she had left in the monastery and handed them to persons of the Sangh. We were not allowed to meet her.”

Marichi was seen in Pathlaiya-Nijgadh’s Pasaha on the evening of December 28, the very day of her disappearance. Eyewitnesses at Pasaha said she was sipping tea but was forcefully taken by two persons of the Sangh on a motorcycle towards Halkhoriya. An eyewitness said, “Marichi appeared afraid and one of her hands was fractured.”

Owner of Lama Hotel and persons who knew her have been searching for her. Dawa Lama who claimed Marichi had come to Nepal through his contact, was also unaware of her condition. He said when he asked about Marichi’s condition in Halkhoriya, no one responded. Owner of Lama Hotel, Krishna Lama said, “Marichi stayed in my hotel many times but later stayed in the monastery when she ran short of money.”

Locals of Ratanpur say the Sangh has also kept Mata captive. The Sangh has accused them of practising witchcraft to disrupt Bamjan’s meditation. I Mata was staying in Halkhoriya as a volunteer. A source said Mata and Marichi were kept in a room in Halkhoriya as ordered by Bamjan.

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Bamjan’s captive Marichi in Lama hotel‚’severe’

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KATHMNDU: A Slovakian national Marichi who was allegedly held captive by Buddha Boy Ram Bahadur Bamjan has been discovered in a severe condition on Monday morning at Simara-based Lama Hotel.

It has been learnt that Marichi, 35, was held captive by Bodi Shrawan Dharma Sangh formed to protect Bamjan, three months back for trying to distract Bamjan’s meditation.

Sangh had left her to Lama hotel, owned by Krishna lama only on Sunday night.

“It seems Marichi has gone through physical and mental suffering during the period of confinement. Bruises in her body indicate she was beaten,” Avenues TV confirmed.

Marichi had come to Nepal last year to meet Bamjan and was missing since December 28.

According to Locals of Ratnapur in Simara, Sangh has also confined another woman from Sindhupalchowk identified as Mata.

The Sangh has accused them of practising witchcraft to disrupt Bamjan’s meditation.

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Buddha Boy turns violent‚ thrashes siblings

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Buddha Boy turns violent‚ thrashes siblings

Holds three of his brothers hostage overnight

Added At:  2012-04-03 1:21 AM

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DIWAKAR BHANDARI

PATHLAIYA: Twenty-two-year old Ram Bahadur Bamjan, who is said to have been continuously meditating since 2005 and has been nicknamed the Buddha Boy, has been in the news of late for all the wrong reasons.

It has been only a week since his followers freed two women (one Slovak and another Nepali) after keeping them in captivity. But now, it seems, Bamjan has started taking matters into his own hands. The Buddha Boy reportedly turned violent and beat up one of his brothers yesterday night and sister this morning.

Bamjan thrashed his brother after he, along with his two brothers and some others, reached the Halkhoriya jungle to urge him to initiate action against those who had ‘sexually harassed’ the Slovak woman in captivity. A section of the media had quoted the Slovak woman as saying that Darshan Limbu of Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangh, an organisation formed to protect Bamjan, had sexually harassed her.

Those who had gone to meet Bamjan accused Limbu of wielding a sword to chase them away and Bamjan of thrashing the eldest brother Ganga Bahadur and holding Ganga and other two brothers (Dil Bahadur and Babulal) hostage. All of them were released this morning.

Bamjan’s sister Raj Kumari said her three brothers had visited Halkhoriya to tell Bamjan that unruly behaviour of some of his followers was tarnishing Bamjan and Sangh’s image.

Bamjan’s mother and sisters had reached the Halkhoriya jungle this morning. Bamjan’s younger sister Asali Lama said even she was thrashed by Bamjan. “He beat me up when we reached there to free our brothers,” said Asali. “Guru (Bamjan) hit me on my head but said nothing.”

Mayadevi, Bamjan’s mother, who coincidently shares her name with the mother of Gautam Buddha, said she was disappointed after the incident. “His activities have let me down,” she said.

Bamjan’s brother Dil Bahadur, however, said ‘some individuals with their vested interests’ were trying to tarnish Guru’s reputation. He added that appropriate steps would be taken to press the police administration to initiate action against Dinesh Limbu.

Police pay obeisance, return

PATHLAIYA: A police team that had reached the Halkhoriya jungle to take stock of the situation on Monday morning bowed before Ram Bahadur Bamjan, paid obeisance to him and returned, leaving those who fell victim to Bamjan’s wrath seething. A police team led by Inspector KP Sharma, however, held discussions with members of Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangh. Upon his return from Halkhoriya, Inspector Sharma pledged to initiate action against the guilty if a case was filed but refused to go into detail. Bamjan’s aides did not allow mediapersons to carry cameras.

Relations with family sour

PATHLAIYA: Relations between Ram Bahadur Bamjan and his family had soured after the latter expressed dissatisfaction towards the working style of Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangh. The family was not in touch with Bamjan for the past one year. Bamjan’s sister Raj Kumari said Bamjan had distanced himself from the family after they began to raise voice against the wrongdoings of Sangh members. According to her, the family had also opposed Sangh’s decision to keep two girls — Dipshikha and Bishnu —inside the meditation centre. “Guru (Bamjan) dismissed our request to keep boys instead of girls,” she said. “After that we stopped visiting Bamjan, and they prevented us from entering the centre.”

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Posted on: 2014-01-28 08:21:03

South indian mystic sadhguru jaggi vasudev said that in one of the previous lifes, he threw stones at people (but carefully not hitting them),just the sake of chasing them off only. Now here it doesnt’ mean throwing stones at people is intentional violent Yamamoto, Japan

Posted on: 2013-03-04 23:29:25

Time will prove everything.. Just wait n watch for some more year. Ratan, Hyderabad

Posted on: 2013-02-21 10:47:11

I think everybody should just leave him alone. His ‘supposed’ followers are the one’s taking advantage of this situation.If he wants to leave and be secluded, let him be, he just wants to meditate; which is very nice If he wants to preach he will, and ‘followers’ if they believe him so much should try to be like him and try meditate like him and become enlightened . Cristin De, USA

Posted on: 2012-10-22 21:48:46

Time will see, don’t rush to judge Buddha Boy did something wrong. Cause he maybe right. People that not close enough to see what had happened don’t be a judge. Anton Sugiarto, California

Posted on: 2012-05-04 22:16:37

poor saint… he is just sitting there and metitating 24hrs for world peace and non-violence. how can he be responsible for the actions of his so-called “followers”? he doesn’t have any “followers”. this news is a non-sense and seems like it is promoted by the same group that was trying to stop him from STOPPING the most-cruel tradition of killing of thousands of buffalos in the name of religion in Gadi Mai Mela. We should stop this! I strongly urge the reporter to do a truthful reporting! Tirtha Raman, Kathmandu, Nepal

Posted on: 2012-04-15 18:28:36

I am deeply saddened that this Guru is displaying such an ugly act of violence. Especially, towards females. His own brothers and sister. it is shameful to say the least. Religion is such a brutal divider of people. This Boy must be arrested. Glad I canceled my trip to see this young, disturbed man. it hurts me. Sarah Edwards, California

Posted on: 2012-04-12 15:50:48

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Don’t be hasty with decisions. Dhrama Sangha is still a boy who has not seen much of the real world. I find it highly improbable that he could hit all these people. I don’t think he is crazy. Chili Chill, Milwaukee

Posted on: 2012-04-11 05:39:21

I speak to his followers each day until they rejected me from their forum because I continuously tell them that this kid is not enlightened. He just has mere psychic abilities which do not mean anything in the wisdom of truth. He is full of violence while talking about peace. Never trust a person who preaches peace. The buddha boy is lost. And, I have said this from the beginning. Jason Thomas, USA

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Is ‘Buddha Boy’ above the law?

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Is Buddha boy above the law?

Added At:  2012-03-30 10:43 PM

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DIWAKAR BHANDARI

Diwakar Bhandari PATHLAIYA: Ram Bahadur Bamjan who claims to have been meditating for world peace and for the welfare of human beings for the past seven years had been dragged into controversy on several occasions, but every time police find some excuse not to book him under the existing laws.

Early this month, Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangh that has been protecting Bamjan pulled into debate over the allegation of keeping two women in hostage for three months on charges that they want to ‘distract’ his meditation.

Bamjan’s followers kept the Slovak woman Marichi and another woman from Sindupalchowk in captivity. The duo was released after the news regarding them was published across the national media. However, the police are yet to take legal action to Bamjan and his aides.

Prior to this, he was pulled into another dispute when Bamjan was found to be meditating under a peepal tree in Ratanpur on May 16, 2005. Though he claimed to be meditating without food and water, those claims are yet to be proved. When the local administration had attempted to confirm it by sending a medical team from DPHO, his aides prevented the team to perform their job saying that it would break his meditation.

Bamjan, who preaches against violence, hacked a local youth with a sword critically injuring him two years ago. He disappeared after the incident for nine months. Later he was found in Bagjhor forest with a sword, but no action was taken against him .

When Bamjan changed his place of meditation after the incident and shifted to Halkhoriya forest, his followers had put up a three-square kilometer wire fence in the national forest. However, District Forest Office failed to take any action.

Bamjan had beaten up 17 locals of Bara Manarwa about one-and-half year ago detaining them for 24 hours as they had entered inside his fence in search of wild shoots and fruits. The victims filed FIR against Bamjan, but no action was taken.

While there’s no end to his and his aides taking law into their hand, the police apparently seem to have different laws for different people.

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