Bomjon’s criminal cases 2018-2019 in Nepalese and world media

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)

MyRepublica: Bara police begins probe into complaints filed against Bomjon, followers

(Archive.org and Archive.today)

“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.”

Ram Bomjan to travel abroad to ‘collect cash’

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“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. ”

Police arrest two from Bomjan’s Sindhuli ashram in connection to disappearance case

“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.”

Missing Waiwa’s friend arrested from Bomjon’s ashram

(Archive.org and Archive.today)

“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.”

Sindhupalchowk police takes the lead in Bomjan probe

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“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.”

Setopati: Lawmaker Komal Oli asks: Why has Bomjon not been arrested yet?

(Archive.org and Archive.today):

“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.”

Allegations levelled against Bamjan refuted

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“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.”

People refute charges against Bomjon (Originally: Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangh refutes charges against Bomjan)

“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.

Police reach Bomjon’s ashram in Sindhupalchowk with forensic experts 

(Archive.com and Archive.today):

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.”

Bomjan’s supporters press against ashram cases probe (archive.org and archive.today)

Police find ‘murder clues’ in Buddha Boy’s ashram

(Archive.org and Archive.today):

“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.”

Nepal probes ‘Buddha boy’ over disappearance of devotees

(Archive.today and Archive.org):

“At a press conference in Kathmandu, the grieving families alleged that Bamjan is a “paedophile and murderer”.

Police suspect man missing in Bomjan’s ashram murdered :

(Archive.org and Archive.today):

“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.”

Nepal’s ‘Buddha boy’ under investigation over disappearance of devotees

(Archive.org and Archive.today)

Nepal’s ‘Buddha boy’ under investigation over disappearance of devotees

(Archive. org and Archive.today)

CIB raids ‘Buddha Boy’ ashram in Sindhupalchowk (archive.org and archive.today):

“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.

Police search Bomjan’s ashram (archive.org and archive.today):

“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. ”

CIB gathering evidence against ‘Buddha Boy’ (archive.org and archive.today):

“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.

Police raid Bomjan’s ashram in Sindhupalchok

Police raid controversial ascetic Bomjan’s ashram in Sindhupalchok

Families of disappeared persons appeal government to find whereabouts of their kin

Families file complaints after people go missing from Bomjan’s ashram

Families of four missing from Bomjon’s ashrams file police complaints

Fifth person missing from Bomjon’s ashram

Bomjon’s followers plead with Dahal to not take action against him

Police reach Bomjon’s ashram in Sindhupalchowk with forensic experts

Series of sexual exploitation and violence in Bomjon’s ashrams

SHOCKING: Murder, Rape, Violence in the Ashram of “Little Buddha” Claimant – Exposes Setopati

Allow us to meet them or give us dead bodies: Kin tell Bomjon

Controversial godman

Case filed against ‘Godman’ Bomjan at Bara DPO

“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.”


WORLD MEDIA:

CNN: Police raid ‘Buddha boy’ ashram in Nepal

‘Buddha Boy’ Leader Probed Over Missing Followers

Archive.today):

“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.”

The Guardian: ‘Buddha boy’ under investigation in Nepal over missing devotees

Independent: Ashram of ‘Buddha boy’ worshipped as reincarnation of Buddha raided by police after devotees ‘disappear’

Fox News: ‘Buddha Boy’ followers reportedly vanish, sparking investigation by Nepalese police

Arab News: Nepal probes ‘Buddha boy’ over devotee disappearances

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Today.ng: Spiritual leader under investigation over disappearance of devotees

Cairns Post: Nepal probes ‘Buddha boy’ over allegations of sexual assault, violence and missing devotees

France24: Nepal probes ‘Buddha boy’ over devotee disappearances

Courrier Mail: Nepal probes ‘Buddha boy’ over allegations of sexual assault, violence and missing devotees

Newsweek: ‘BUDDHA BOY’ SPIRITUAL LEADER INVESTIGATED OVER MISSING FOLLOWERS, SEXUAL ABUSE ALLEGATIONS

Religion-ORF:People disappeared: Nepal investigates against Guru

Spiritual leader ‘Buddha Boy’ investigated after devotees go missing

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France24: Nepal probes ‘Buddha boy’ over devotee disappearances

Sozcu: Buda’nın oğlundan müritlerine şiddet ve taciz iddiası

Perfil Formosa: “EL NIÑO BUDA”, ACUSADO DE GOLPEAR Y AGREDIR SEXUALMENTE A ALGUNOS DE SUS SEGUIDORES

Repubblica (Italy):Nepal, the ‘Buddha boy’ investigated for rape and murder: dozens of disappeared disciples

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”.

Vice (Australia): A Nepali Guru Is Being Investigated Over the Disappearance of His Devotees

Hilo Directo: El “joven Buda” de Nepal investigado por la desaparición de varios devotos

tvi24: Polícia nepalesa investiga “jovem Buda” após vários desaparecimentos

Nepal probes ‘Buddha boy’ over allegations of sexual assault, violence and missing devotees archive.today)

Nepal probes ‘Buddha boy’ over allegations of sexual assault, violence and missing devotees  (archive.org and archive.today )

‘Buddha boy’ guru said to be the reincarnation of Buddha is probed after families of four devotees ‘vanish’ months after nun accused him of rape in Nepal

(Archive.org and Archive.today):

“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.”

Nepal’s ‘Buddha boy’ investigated for attacking group

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Image captionRam Bomjan’s followers are convinced he is the reincarnation of the Buddha

A Nepalese man popularly known as “Buddha boy” is being investigated by police amid reports he beat a group of locals for disturbing his meditation.

Ram Bahadur Bomjan has admitted to assaulting some of the local villagers in Bara district on Thursday, according to local media.

Mr Bomjan is famed for spending months in the forest without eating.

His devotees believe he is the reincarnation of the Buddha, and he says he has not eaten since 2005.

When he started his fast, he pledged he would meditate for six years, until he gained enlightenment.

‘Slapped’

Manoj Neupane, superintendent of police for Bara district, said police were sent to investigate after 17 people lodged complaints.

Those who had been injured were sent for medical checks, he told the BBC.

According to Nepal’s Republica newspaper, the villagers claimed they had been looking for wild fruit and vegetables.

Mr Bomjan said he had slapped them “two or three times” after they came onto his platform and mimicked him, while the villagers allege they were assaulted more seriously.

“They disturbed me while I was meditating… tried to manhandle me,” Mr Bomjan was quoted as saying by Republica. “I was therefore forced to beat them.”

Last November, Mr Bomjan – who is reportedly around 20 years old – campaigned against the mass sacrifice of some 250,000 animals at the Gadhimai festival in southern Nepal.

Buddha boy back, with a weapon

http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/buddha-boy-back-with-a-weapon/2006/12/26/1166895299834.html

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Gopal Sharma in Kathmandu
December 27, 2006

A MYSTERIOUS teenaged boy believed by some to be a reincarnation of Buddha has reappeared in eastern Nepal after vanishing for nine months.

Ram Bahadur Bomjon, 16, was spotted on Sunday by villagers in a dense forest near Piluwa village, in Bara district, 150 kilometres east of Kathmandu, a television channel said.

Ram disappeared in March from forests in nearby Ratanpuri village, where he had reportedly been meditating without food or water for almost 10 months.

“I have been wandering in the forests since then,” a local journalist, Raji Shrestha, quoted Ram as telling him. “I am engaged in devotion which will continue for six years.”

Hundreds of curious onlookers, including many Buddhists, thronged the site to see the boy, who was said to be sitting in a meditating position.

A local TV station showed people pressing their palms together and bowing their heads in devotion in front of him.

“I don’t think he is a Buddha. But he has some sort of extra strength to meditate. He eats herbs,” Shrestha said.

Before his disappearance, an estimated 100,000 people from India and Nepal, which has a Hindu majority, flocked to see him meditate. They were not allowed to get closer than about 50 metres.

Shrestha said the boy had shoulder-length hair and sat cross-legged under a small tree.

“He has an ash-coloured shawl wrapped across his chest,” he said, adding the boy had a “flat-ended scimitar” next to him.

The boy told pilgrims he was forced to abandon his earlier site because of the constant stream of visitors. He asked his former assistants to resume their positions and instructed them that visitors keep a distance of about 10 metres from him.

Buddha was born a prince in Lumbini, a dusty village in Nepal’s rice-growing plains west of Kathmandu, 2600 years ago.

He is believed to have attained enlightenment at Bodh Gaya in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, which borders Nepal.

Reuters

Nepal police rescue Slovak woman from followers of Buddha boy

Original link: https://www.pri.org/stories/2012-03-26/nepal-police-rescue-slovak-woman-followers-buddha-boy Archived: http://archive.is/cfJa7

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Nepalese Buddhists monks pray outside the Mayadevi (Buddha’s mother) temple, birth place of Lord Buddha, Lumbini 400 kms (250 miles) south west of Kathmandu on January 4, 2011.Lord Buddha was born in Lumbini.

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What happens when religion goes wrong? Kidnapping, or something similar, allege the Nepalese police.

Police official K.P. Sharma told the Associated Press that Nepal’s cops rescued a 35-year-old Slovak woman from followers of a young man whose supporters have claimed to be the reincarnation of Buddha for the past several years. (All is, indeed, suffering).

Sharma said the woman was held in a forest of southern Nepal where Ram Bahadur Bamjan has been meditating for seven years, AP said. The woman, identified only as Marichi, had been visiting Bamjan for the past year but was reported to be held captive for the past two months.

No information was provided about the motivation behind the alleged crime, and all that the police officer said regarding the psychological state of the woman was that she appeared to be scared.

Bamjan created a media sensation around 2005, when he supposedly meditated under a tree for months on end and then suddenly disappeared.

Since then, Bamjan, who has instructed people not to call him the reincarnation of Buddha, has appeared and reappeared, preaching and meditating, all over the tiny Himalayan republic.

Is this boy the new Buddha?

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IS THIS BOY THE NEW BUDDHA?

The Mirror (UK), December 28, 2006
By Nick Webster

The farmers son who is hailed as a God by followers
SITTING cross-legged in a jungle clearing in southern Nepal, his eyes tightly shut and his arms resting on his knees, the 16-year-old boy seems lost in silent meditation – and oblivious to the armed police surrounding the remote site.

They are there for a very good reason. Where Ram Bahadur Bomjan goes, tens of thousands of people tend to follow.

Many Buddhists and Hindus throughout Nepal and India think the farmer’s son is Buddha reincarnate. They believe he existed for 10 months without food or water, survived the bite of a poisonous snake without treatment, and was left miraculously unscarred after being engulfed by holy fire.

But cynics call Bomjan a fake, whose only gift is in extracting cash from gullible pilgrims, which he passes on to rebel fighters.

The mystery deepened on Christmas Eve when, after a nine-month disappearance, the Boy Buddha suddenly reappeared.

On March 11 he had left his niche among the roots of a pipal tree in the Bara province, about 100 miles south of the capital Kathmandu, and vanished.

A massive search was launched, continuing even when the authorities ruled out foul play, but with no success.

Then on December 24 a group of cattle herders spotted Bomjan in dense jungle, about 10 miles away from the tree where he used to meditate.

The young Buddhist monk seemed bulkier than before but claimed he’d been living on wild herbs. His hair was longer and, bizarrely for a pacifist, he was carrying a scimitar-style sword – justifying it as protection against wild animals.

He said: “Lord Buddha used to arrange his security by himself. So I was forced to do so myself.”

Yet it seems his “miraculous” reappearance will do little to unite opinion across the Asian sub-continent about whether Ram Bahadur Bomjan is the new Buddha or a phoney.

His fame stems from a 10-month fast, which began on May 16, 2005, when his followers claim he neither ate nor drank, and was sustained by meditation alone – most humans will only survive a matter of days without water.

This led to unfounded rumours that the motionless Bomjan sitting beneath his pipal tree was either a statue or a corpse.

As word spread about his feat, 10,000 people a day began coming to pay homage to him. None of the many pilgrims who filed past his tree spotted anything amiss but they were allowed no closer than 25 metres away.

And for the entire 10 months of his marathon meditation, every day between 5pm and 5am nobody was allowed to see Bomjan, his closest followers screening him from view with blankets.

Such activities obviously fuelled speculation that he survived by eating, drinking and moving around at night. So the Nepalese government sent a delegation of investigators to get to the bottom of the mystery.

FOR 48 hours they watched as Bomjan neither ate nor drank. But while allowed closer than the pilgrims, they were kept three metres from the boy and were banned from doing medical tests.

A group from the Indian Rationalist Association tried to carry out an independent assessment, but were thwarted by the screens and threatened by Bomjan’s supporters.

“This is a typical case of fraud,” said their president, Sanal Edamauku. “The boy must be simply eating and drinking at night.

“The claim that he was fasting cannot be taken seriously, unless a fraud-proof blood test confirms that there is no glucose in his blood.”

None of which deterred Bomjan’s followers, who claim they saw light emanating from his forehead – further proof of his divinity. Their belief was further strengthened when the bite of a poisonous snake appeared to have no ill effect. He told onlookers: “A snake bit me but I do not need treatment. I need six years of deep meditation.”

Most mysteriously of all, his devotees claim Bomjan spontaneously combusted – flames burning the clothes from his body but leaving him completely unharmed. The story of his meditation resembles an episode in the life of Gautama Buddha, who 2,500 years ago founded the religion which now boasts 325 million followers, mostly in Asia.

Despite Bomjan himself saying: “Tell people not to call me the Buddha, I do not have the Buddha’s energy,” the claims of his divinity grew. Believers pointed to several compelling coincidences – Buddha was born Prince Siddhartha Gautama 160 miles from Bara in 560BC. And both Buddha and Bomjan had a mother called Maya Devi.

Yet his critics dismiss this as mere windowdressing to a massive fraud. While the pilgrims have transformed this section of jungle into a colourful mass of prayer flags and flower garlands, an army of traders have also invaded the forest near Ratanpuri to sell snacks, tobacco, bicycle parts, incense and sacred amulets.

WITH much of the local economy depending upon Bomjan, the talk is of a village-wide hoax.

The cash donations which have flooded in from pilgrims are now in a local bank. One of the most recent deposits was �5,000 – a huge sum in a region where the average wage is �2.50 a week.

His supporters say the money is for Bomjan’s security – they also rake in cash from an entrance fee as well as the sale of books, pamphlets, and cassettes promoting him as a new Buddha.

But there have been accusations that the donations are funnelled off to fund Maoist rebels determined to establish a Communist People’s Republic of Nepal.

As his followers flocked back to the jungle to celebrate Bomjan’s re-emergence, armed police had to be deployed to keep order.

For more than an hour Bomjan abandoned his meditation, preaching to the faithful, urging them to shun alcohol and violence. He said he disappeared due to the constant stream of visitors – especially drunks – disturbing the peace at his haunt.

He told local journalist Raju Shrestha: “I have been wandering in the forests since then. I am engaged in devotion which will continue for six years.”

Shrestha later said: “I don’t think he is a Buddha, but he has some sort of extra strength to meditate.”

Now, as his supporters celebrate his return, the sceptics have found more ammunition for their claims from the latest photographs of Bomjan.

Such is their suspicion surrounding the Boy Buddha they are saying his long, lank, dirty hair is drawn across his face to disguise the fact he is another boy entirely.

Believers have taken over Bara’s jungle – so too have the traders

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Nepal police rescue Slovak woman from followers of Buddha boy

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“What happens when religion goes wrong? Kidnapping, or something similar, allege the Nepalese police. Police official K.P. Sharma told the Associated Press that Nepal’s cops rescued a 35-year-old Slovak woman from followers of a young man whose supporters have claimed to be the reincarnation of Buddha for the past several years. (All is, indeed, suffering).”

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Nepal police rescue Slovak woman from followers of Buddha boy

Nepalese Buddhists monks pray outside the Mayadevi (Buddha’s mother) temple, birth place of Lord Buddha, Lumbini 400 kms (250 miles) south west of Kathmandu on January 4, 2011.Lord Buddha was born in Lumbini.PRAKASH MATHEMAAFP/Getty Images

What happens when religion goes wrong? Kidnapping, or something similar, allege the Nepalese police.

Police official K.P. Sharma told the Associated Press that Nepal’s cops rescued a 35-year-old Slovak woman from followers of a young man whose supporters have claimed to be the reincarnation of Buddha for the past several years. (All is, indeed, suffering).

Sharma said the woman was held in a forest of southern Nepal where Ram Bahadur Bamjan has been meditating for seven years, AP said. The woman, identified only as Marichi, had been visiting Bamjan for the past year but was reported to be held captive for the past two months.

No information was provided about the motivation behind the alleged crime, and all that the police officer said regarding the psychological state of the woman was that she appeared to be scared.

Bamjan created a media sensation around 2005, when he supposedly meditated under a tree for months on end and then suddenly disappeared.

Since then, Bamjan, who has instructed people not to call him the reincarnation of Buddha, has appeared and reappeared, preaching and meditating, all over the tiny Himalayan republic.

Nepal’s Boy Buddha frees Slovak hostage

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