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.

Five Journalists Beaten Up, misbehaved

Thursday, 22 March 2012 08:08 Editor http://www.nepalelectionchannel.org/english/media-watch/press-freedom-violation/324-five-journalists-beaten-up-misbehaved.html

“Five journalists have been beaten up and verbally abused in Bara, a district in the southern plain in the central region of Nepal on March 21, 2012.

The followers and protectors of Ram Bahadur Bamjan who is claimed to be little Buddha for his years long meditation and seclusion beat up journalists while taking photographs of  Bamjan as he was being made public for sermon.”

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Five journalists have been beaten up and verbally abused in Bara, a district in the southern plain in the central region of Nepal on March 21, 2012.

The followers and protectors of Ram Bahadur Bamjan who is claimed to be little Buddha for his years long meditation and seclusion beat up journalists while taking photographs of  Bamjan as he was being made public for sermon.

(Link: IFEX) Talking to Freedom Forum’s Media Monitoring Desk, Bibhu Adhikari, reporter with the News 24 Television, said, “Although we (I, Resham Tiwari of Nepal Television, Binod Pyakurel of Tarai Television, Basanta Khatiwada of Ghatana Ra Bichar weekly and Prakash Lamsal of Image Television) were called to make news, some of the followers and protectors including Darshan Limbu, Bolhari Rai, and a German national beat us, seized our cameras and damaged the reels while taking photographs about Bamjan who was being made public for sermon after meditation.”

The followers of Bamjan also spoke foul on them, he said, adding that they reached to the police for help.

It is the latest incident as a series of attack and threats on journalists from different quarters.

The incident is condemnable as it is the incident of press freedom violation. The local administration needs to mete out action on those who beat up journalists so that it would help minimize impunity and make journalists feel justice.

 

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Buddha boy’s follower thrash journos in Bara

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Buddha boy’s follower thrash journos in Bara

Follower of the Buddha Boy Ram Bahadur Bamjan have thrashed five media persons in Halkhoriya jungle of Bara district Wednesday (March 21).

News24 correspondent Bibhu Adhikari was thrashed by volunteers deployed for Bamjan’s security even as Adhikari was shooting them misbehaving with Image Channel correspondent Prakash Lamsal, who was trying to cover a scheduled speech by Bamjan.

The volunteers then vented their ire on Resham Tiwai of Nepal Television, Binod Pyakurel of Tarai Television and Basanta Khatiwada of Mofasal Dot Com weekly.

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Buddha boy says he slapped villagers for disturbing him

Nepalnews, Published on Tuesday, 27 July 2010 03:31/by krishna   http://www.nepalnews.com/index.php/sports-archive/19-news/general/7877-buddha-boy-says-he-slapped-villagers-for-disturbing-him

Buddha boy says he slapped villagers for disturbing him

Ram Bahadur Bomjon, a youth meditating in the jungles of Bara since five years and widely known as Buddha boy, has said he beat up the villagers for disturbing him and trying to disrupt his meditation

Speaking to a team of police and journalists who had gone to Halkhoriya forest of Bara, where Bomjon meditates, to inquire him on charges of beating up villagers, Bomjon conceded he beat up villagers.

“They came to the place where I was meditating and tried to disturb me by making noise, smoking and mimicking me. So, I slapped them as a punishment,” said Bomjon.

Bomjon had beat up 17 villagers of a nearby Manaharwa village who had come to the jungle to collect fodder. A police squad went to Bomjon’s place with journalists when the villagers filed a complaint at the District Police Office, Bara. The villagers have accused Bomjon and his aides of detaining them and beating them.

Bomjon denied the charges that he took the villagers in control and beat them severely. nepalnews.com

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Bamjan’s boys go unruly‚ beat up journos

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The Himalayan Times Thursday 22nd March, 2012

Bamjan’s boys go unruly‚ beat up journos

The Himalayan Times Thursday 22nd March, 2012
HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE 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 f…

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तपस्वी भनिएका बमजन पुन: हलखोरिया फर्कने हल्ला, वन कार्यालय र मातहतका निकाय सक्रिय

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तपस्वी भनिएका रामबहादुर बमजन शनिवार पुन: हलखोरिया तपस्यास्थल फर्कने हल्ला फैलिएपछि जिल्ला वन कार्यालय बारा र मातहतका निकाय सक्रिय भएका छन् । बमजन हलखोरियाबाट बाहिरिएको एक साता नबित्दै वन क्षेत्रमा लगाइएको तारबार हटाउँदै केही दिनपछि एक दर्जन टहरा समेत जिल्ला वन कार्यालय बाराले हटाइसकेको थियो । बमजन पुन: फर्कने हल्ला बेला बखत चलाइएपछि वन क्षेत्रमा नबस्न आग्रह गरेको जिल्ला वन कार्यालय बाराका प्रमुख रामनन्दन साहले जनाएका छन् । माथिल्लो निकायबाटै वन क्षेत्रमा बस्न नदिन तल्लो निकायलाई निर्देशन आएकोले वन क्षेत्र प्रवेशमा रोक लगाइएको जिल्ला वन कार्यालय बाराले जनाएको छ ।

जिल्ला प्रहरी कार्यालय बाराका डिएसपी अनुराग द्विवेदीका अनुसार प्रहरी प्रशासनको माथिल्लो निकायबाट समेत वन क्षेत्रमा तपस्वी बमजनलगायत उनका अनुयायीलाई बस्न नदिन निर्देशन आएकोले जबर्जस्ती गरे प्रहरीले बल प्रयोग गर्ने बताएका छन् । जिल्ला वन कार्यालयले प्रहरी बल मागे तुरुन्तै उपलब्ध गराउने व्यवस्था मिलाएको डिएसपी द्विवेदीले बताए । त्यसैगरी सशस्त्र प्रहरी बल भद्रकाली गण पिलुवाका एसपी दमन थापाले सोबारे अहिलेसम्म माथिल्लो निकायबाट कुनै निर्देशन, आदेश नआएको बताए ।

आफ्ना केही अनुयायीसहित तपस्वी कहलिएका बमजन गत जेठ ३२ गते बिहीवार तपस्यास्थल छोडेर सिन्धुली गएका थिए । जाँदा बमजनले पाँच दिनपछि हलखोरिया फर्कने बताएपनि पटक–पटक फर्कने हल्ला फैलिएको छ । बमजनले हलखोरिया ज·ल छोडेको तीन महिना भएको छ । बमजनका अनुयायीहरूले हलखोरिया तपस्यास्थल वरिपरि केही दिन अघिदेखि सरसफाइ गर्न थालेकोले बमजन फर्कने सड्ढेत देखा परेको हो । यस अघि तपस्यास्थल सुनसान थियो ।

तपस्वीलाई फर्कन सहज वातावरण बनाउन बोधि श्रवण धर्मसङ्घका पदाधिकारीलगायत उनका सहयोगीहरूले जिल्लास्तरीय केही राजनीतिक दलका नेताहरूलाई हातमा लिएको बुझिएको छ ।

स्लोभाकियाकी विदेशी महिला मारिची र आ·ी भनिने एक स्वदेशी महिलालाई बन्धक बनाएको जानकारी पाएपछि बाराका सञ्चारकर्मीको खोज प्रयासबाट उनीहरू मुक्त भएका थिए । सो घटना भएको केही महिना नबित्दै बमजनलाई बोधि श्रवण धर्मसङ्घको नाममा नागरिकता, रातो पासपोर्ट र धार्मिक वन राज्यले प्रदान गर्नुपर्ने माग राख्दै सडक अवरुद्ध गरेको केही दिनमैं स्थानीय बासिन्दाको प्रतिकार र प्रहरीको सामान्य बल प्रयोगबाट बमजनका अनुयायीसहित बजमनले हलखोरिया छोडेका थिए ।

विदेशी महिला मारिचीले बमजनद्वारा कब्जा गरिएको विभिन्न सामग्री फिर्ता दिलाउन दिल्लीस्थित स्लोभाकिया दूतावासमा निवेदन दिएकी छन् ।

परराष्ट्र मन्त्रालय, गृह मन्त्रालय हुँदै इलाका प्रहरी कार्यालय निजगढमा समेत पत्र आइसकेकोले अनुसन्धानका लागि प्रहरी खटिने निजगढका प्रहरी निरीक्षक रेवतीरमण पोखरेलले जानकारी दिएका छन् ।

 

 

‘Buddha Boy’ finds his abode of peace at Sindhuli forest

The Himalayan Times (deleted)/Added At: 2012-07-08 10:42 PM   Last Updated At: 2012-07-08 10:42 PM

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SINDHULIMADHI: Twenty four days after Ram Bahadur Bamjan nicknamed as the Buddha Boy left Bara’s Ratanpur-based Halkhoriya forest along with his followers, he has been found living at the Hwaredanda of Janakalyan Community Forest of Kamalamai Municipality in Sindhuli.

Darsan Limbu, Bamjan’s disciple, said the Buddha Boy wanted to bring recognition to Nepal through Bodhi religion in the world. “Our guru is writing the Bodhi Religion he earned during his penance,” he said. However, when journalists approached they were not welcomed at Bamjan’s place today.

According to Limbu, Bamjan is scheduled to speak in a public prabachan programme in two months’ time and at that time he would answer to all the questions.

Limbu went to say that Bamjan sat for penance from May 16, 2005 to May 16, 2011 without food. He complained that forest officials, contractors and timber smugglers had spread rumours about Bamjan in Bara. He dismissed the claims that the government had issued any arrest warrant to Bamjan.

In the past, Bamjan was drawn into many controversies for keeping two women captive, abducting his own family members and thrashing up neighbours among others.

Limbu urged journalists to take stock of the Bara jungle, where Bamjan used to live and bring out the reality. He said Bamjan’s family had spread rumours against him after they failed to have the monopoly over the funds collected in Bamjan’s name.

Bamjan has a white mare, one dog and one he-goat. “We do not know where the horse came from. But a foreigner gifted a he-goat to him,” Limbu said.

He said Bamjan is writing Bodhi religion in sambhota script and that would be translated into 17 languages including Nepali and English later.

When asked about holding a Slovak Marichi into captivity, Limbu said that she was a mentally disturbed woman. According to him, Marichi was kept in a room after she expressed her interest to sit for penance. “But, she attacked Bamjan later,” he added.

Chairman Chhatra Ghising of Bodhi Shrawan Sangh, responsible for Bamjan’s protection, urged the mediapersons not to give any negative press coverage.

http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=’Buddha+Boy’+finds+his+abode+of+peace+at+Sindhuli+forest+&NewsID=338915

 

Little Buddha’s aides thrash scribes

Nepal Mountain News/Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 | Posted by nmn http://www.nepalmountainnews.com/cms/2012/03/22/little-buddhas-aides-thrash-scribes/

Volunteers attending to Ram Bahadur Bamjan, who is said to be meditating in the Halkhoriya jungle area of Bara since 2005, thrashed 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.

http://www.nepalmountainnews.com/cms/2012/03/22/little-buddhas-aides-thrash-scribes/

Locals clash with Bamjan followers

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