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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Is ‘Buddha Boy’ above the law?

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Is Buddha boy above the law?

Added At:  2012-03-30 10:43 PM

Last Updated At: 2012-03-31 10:43 PM

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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