Below is a list of Nepali and world media articles concerning Ram Bahadur Bomjon’s latest series of “maitreyan acts”: revelation by a victim of repeated rape by the ‘guru’ and four missing followers, one of them beaten to death by the ‘guru’ and his followers, according to two eyewitnesses. Please archive the links and the texts of the articles (for example by right-clicking and the “save page as” function), because there is no guarantee that the articles would be not ordered to be deleted by Nepal’s leading politicians, who are supporting Bomjon. This had exactly happened in Autumn 2012, when all articles of Nepalese English media about his crimes disappeared from Google.
The list of media links an quotations includes Nepali and Indian media (first part and world media (second part) of the text. Being updated.
Featured image: People gather at one of the sites dug up by police to search for Sanchalal Waiba, near an ashram run by controversial cult leader Ram Bahadur Bomjan. One of the several missing followers of Bomjan, Waiba was reportedly beaten to death by Bomjan and his men. POST PHOTO: ANISH TIWAR, The Kathmandu Post: People refute charges against Bomjon (Originally: Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangh refutes charges against Bomjan)
NEPALI AND INDIAN MEDIA:
(International media links are in the second part of this page, scroll further down)
“SP Bhattarai said a few locals have registered complaints against Bomjon although many complaints remain unregistered. “We have been investigating both registered and unregistered complaints,” said Bhattarai.
It has been revealed that Bomjon, who some locals believe is a reincarnation of Buddha, was involved in numerous controversies during his stay at the Halkhoriya-based Namo Budda ashram (hermitage). Bomjon and his followers had stayed there for nearly seven years starting from 2007.
During his stay at the ashram, Bomjon allegedly held captive a Slovakian follower, beat locals and attacked a local youth with a sword and registered the land in the name of the ashram, according to the former ashram officials.
In 2013, Bomjon and his followers physically attacked around a dozen locals including Pradeshi Chaudhari and Pahalad Chaudhary of Manaharwa on the charge of entering the ashram without permission. Following the incident, Pahalad had filed a complaint at the District Administration Office saying that he was attacked while collecting wildflowers from the forest. He complained that the police did not take action against Bomjon despite formal registration of complaint against Bomjon.
The ashram was constructed encroaching upon more than 1000 bighas of national forest. “The then District Forest Officer Ramananda Sah had removed them from the ashram after locals were barred from entering the forest in the name of the ashram,” said DFO Shiva Shankar Thakur.
Jas Bahadur Waiba, Bomjon’s assistant, had taken Suresh to the Halkhoriya-based ashram to teach Buddhism. “He was in a great dilemma over whether to return to the ashram when he had come home in the third week of May 2015. Since then, he is out of contact. We are clueless about his whereabouts,” said Hasta Bahadur.”
“Sources say that Bomjan, with his team, is going to Thailand to “collect cash offerings”. (The first version of the article wrote 10 million dollars in cash, but apparently it was deleted in a few hours! – The Halkhoriya Times). “They have been trying to visit Thailand for the past four months. Their passports were made two years ago,”…”Sources said that Bomjan, Kebal Lama (of the Sangh Maitri) and their group had received invitation to visit Thailand prior to the investigation. Two years ago, the Sangh had urged authorities to provide a passport to Bomjan in the name of Dharma Guru, but there were issues with the request. The incident was hidden from public knowledge, as it could have aroused public dispute, say Bomjan’s followers. ”
“Jan 10, 2019-Police on Thursday detained two persons from Sindhuli-based ashram of Ram Bahadur Bomjan in connection with the disappearance of Bomjan’s followers. A police team under DSP Bimal Kandel reached the ashram site at Pairey of Kamalamai Municipality-8, and arrested Indra Bahadur Syangtan alias Mahatma Guru of Makwanpur and Gopal Yonjan of Sarlahi, with the help of Sindhuli police.
Central member Chatra Ghising of the Bodhi Dharma Shrawan Sangh, the non-government organisation founded by Bomjan, said the police have taken two of their members into custody for investigation.
Meanwhile, Sangh’s Central Chariman Nil Bahadur Thing said he does not know the whereabouts of Bomjan but claimed that the controversial ascetic was inside the ashram compound which spreads over 42-bighas of land. He further said the Sangh would cooperate the police in the investigations, adding that “some bigger power” was plotting to defame the ascetic, and everything will be revealed in time.”
“Police have arrested Indra Man Syangtan–friend of Sancha Lal Waiwa who has been missing from the Sindhupalchowk ashram of Ram Bahadur Bomjon–from another ashram in Paire Dhapasar of Kamalamai-8 in Sindhuli on Thursday. DSP with Sindhuli Police Rameshwore Prasad Yadav confirmed that Indra Man, who was allegedly beaten along with missing Waiwa by Bomjon and his disciples four years ago, has been brought for interrogation. … A police team including forensic experts had raided the ashram in Bandegaun, Sindhupalchowk last Friday but could not find any human skeletal remains there. Indra Man, known as Mahatma Guru, has now been arrested to interrogate about missing Waiwa.”
(Archive.org and Archive.today)
“The DPO, Makawanpur forwarded the complaint to the DPO, Sindhupalchowk as the incident reportedly occurred in Sindhupalchowk. With this, the responsibility of investigation has fully fallen on the DPO, Sindhupalchowk. Full responsibility of the investigation is now upon us after the DPO Makawanpur handed over the victim’s complaint to us,” said Superintendent of Police (SP) Mukunda Marasini, chief of the DPO, Sindhupalchowk. “The Central Bureau of Investigation (CIB) will only assist us.”
“National Assembly (NA) member Komal Oli has asked the government why Ram Bahadur Bomjon, who is living in the guise of an austere sage, has not been arrested until now despite revelations of rape by him and disappearance of disciples from his ashrams.”
“Family members of the missing persons at a press meet yesterday had said they had gone to the Bara-based Bamjan’s ashram to become nuns. But, BSDS Spokesperson Mani Lama said that the missing persons could be among the thousands of followers who came to the ashram seeking Bamjan’s blessings.
Lama had been elected as a member of the Parliament from Taplejung in the 1994 election from the Nepali Congress. He was appointed state minister for health and population by former King Gyanendra in 2005. The NC had later expelled him from the party.”
“Ganga Maya, who had served at various ashrams of Bamjan for several years, accused Bamjan of being a paedophile. She said that she, along with dozens of young girls, had become a victim of the self-styled ‘Buddha Boy’. Supporters of Bamjan refused to talk about her allegations.”
“Security personnel searching for Waiba and three other nuns had discovered eight wrappers of salt packets near Bomjan’s ashram on Friday evening. They also found pieces of coal a few metres from the place where the packets were recovered. The recovered wrappers and coals were sent to a laboratory in Kathmandu for test, said Deputy Superintendent of Police Bimal Raj Kandel.”
“All the charges filed against Guru [Bomjan] are just conspiracies hatched against him. The accusations are baseless,” said Manik Lama, … Lama claimed Sangh and its Sindhupalchok ashram had no knowledge regarding missing Sanchalal Waiba and three other nuns. Perhaps they came here as devotees. We don’t have any records and information of those four persons,” he said.
“Around half a dozen disciples then beat the duo with sticks, pipes and kicks. Bomjon ordered to bury Waiwa’s body on the hill behind the house he lived in after Waiwa died, according to the witnesses. They claim Bomjon ordered to scatter around 25 packets of salt above the body. “Salt apparently helps in early decay of the body,” the witnesses reminisce.”
“Superintendent of Police (SP) Mukunda Marasaini, chief of the District Police Office (DPO), Sindhupalchowk, claimed that the investigating team has found some signs of murder in the ashram. Refraining from telling what exactly are the signs, SP Marasaini said, “All we can say now is that we have found some clues indicating murder.” Police recorded the statements of 14 disciples at the ashram on Saturday while samples of soil from the area have also been collected for further examination.”
“At a press conference in Kathmandu, the grieving families alleged that Bamjan is a “paedophile and murderer”.
“Police searching for Waiba found nine covers of salt packets buried some 300 meters away from his ashram on Saturday. DSP Bimal Raj Kandel said they found the covers of salt packets buried under the soil but did not find any mortal remains. “The body might have been burnt elsewhere,” Kandel said.”
“The CIB started investigating Bamjan following news reports that five of his followers had disappeared from his ashrams. Three of them had allegedly disappeared from the Bandegaun ashram. The CIB even suspects that one of the disappeared was murdered in the ashram. ”
“According to locals, eyewitnesses and Bamjan ’s own followers, Waiba was murdered in the ashram. Bamjan had beaten up Waiba, accusing him of making his followers sick through witchcraft. An eyewitness claimed that Waiba died after he was beaten up by Bamjan and his followers and that his body was buried in the ashram premises. ”
“The CIB team while digging at the crime scene where the bodies of the followers were reportedly buried at Bamjam’s ashram recovered the empty salt plastic. “We have found nine empty packets of salt five feet below while digging the land ”, said one of the team member. He, however, said that the team did not find any human remaining. According to a source to the CIB, 20 salt packets were used while burying the dead body.”
“Parents of 34-year-old Suresh Kumar Ale Magar lodged a complaint against Bomjan for allegedly having a hand in the sudden and mysterious disappearance of their son. The Ale couple has also made a plea to the authorities to look for their son who has been missing for the last three years. His father Hasta Bahadur Ale shared that Suresh was in two-minds about going back to the ashram the last time he visited them. He wanted to stay. However, one of Ram Bahadur Bomjan’s close aides, Jas Bahadur Waiba came to know about Suresh’s predicament and somehow lured him into going to the ashram with him.”
“In 2012, Nepali police said they had rescued a Slovakian woman who had been held by followers of Bomjan for more than two months. Zsuzsanna Takacs said she had been kidnapped from her hotel, tied to a tree and accused of using witchcraft to disturb Bomjan’s meditation sessions. She reportedly had a broken arm when she was eventually released. Dozens have accused Bomjan of assault, and the leader has admitted beating his followers for disturbing his meditation sessions, AFP noted. His followers have also been accused of attacking critics and in 2012 of beating journalists who recorded one of his sermons and destroying their cameras.”
Translated by Google Translator: “The online journal published stories of numerous disappearances and violence reported without any investigation worthy of the name since 2010, when a young Slovak named Marici Zsuzsanna Takacs reappeared in public telling the press and the police that she had been tied to a tree of the Halkhoria forest, without being believed for the confusional state in which it was before being deported to his country.”
he latest complaints were presented in several commissions and for the first time the case of the Buddha boy has crossed the borders of Nepal after an inexplicable series of cover-ups attributed to the protections also policies that Bomjon enjoyed, among whose disciples are former ministers and even Maoist leaders, while in 2014 the then Prime Minister and head of the Nepali Congress Sushil Koirala – who died three years ago – promoted “forests of religious interest” the forests where Bomjon in the last 19 years has meditated and given teachings of his new religion defined by him as “no longer Buddhist”, and called Maitri dharma “for peace in the world”.
Considered “a divine incarnation” and spiritual teacher of different centers in America, Canada and Japan, the “guru” has become rich with the generous donations of believers and manages with his closest disciples the so-called Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangha, an NGO with base near the Nepalese capital Kathmandu. Bomjon has hundreds of hectares of land in the districts of Bara where he began his “divine mission”, to Sarlahi, Sindhupalchok and Sindhuli where he was last seen. To travel from one ashram to another he uses a helicopter or his Toyota Land Cruiser and despite his pacifist preaching he always turns armed, especially of swords with which he was also filmed by a television crew justifying them as instruments of “self defense”.
“In September last year, an 18-year-old nun accused the guru of raping her at one of his ashrams. Dozens more have filed complaints against him alleging assault. The self-styled godman said he beat them for disturbing his meditation. The Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangha, an organisation associated with the guru, recently slammed as baseless a series of fresh allegations made by a local website, Setopati.com, which published reports detailing cases of disappearances, sexual assault and violence in his ashrams.”