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Structures in Halkhoria forest demolished
Added At: 2012-06-28 11:18 PM
Last Updated At: 2012-06-28 11:18 PM
PATHALAIYA: District Forest Office, Bara on Thursday demolished illegal structures in the Halkhoria forest area after Ram Bahadur Bamjan, popularly known as the Buddha Boy, left the forest and headed to Sindhuli in the night of June 5.
A joint team including Nepal Police and armed police personnel and forest security personnel reached Halkhoriya forest area today and demolished about one dozen houses and huts. Earlier, the forest office had inspected the site soon after Bamjan left.
Police used excavator and other modern equipment to demolish a three-storey concrete house and other structures, and intercepted timber and other items from the site. “We have started demolishing the structures illegally built by Bamjan and his henchmen in order to discourage any encroachment of forest land in future,” said district forest office chief Ramanandan Sah. The forest office has also removed the barbed-wire fence erected by the Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangh, a body formed to provide protection to Bamjan, around the mediation site.
The forest office has also taken control of the Ratanpuri forest area, which is said to be Bamjan’s first meditation site and is learnt to be preparing to hand over the forest to a community forest.
Bamjan had stayed in the Ratanpuri forest for about nine months before vanishing from there suddenly to be found later in the Bagajhor jungle of Bara, where he made the Halkhoriya forest his second meditation site.
Bamjan courted controversy for the first time when he assaulted a local youth with a sword. After that, he was also drawn into many other controversies including hostage-taking and thrashing.