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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.
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.
“Disciples of the Buddha Boy Ram Bahadur Bamjan have thrashed five media persons in Halkhoriya jungle of Bara Wednesday.”
BARA, March 21: Disciples of the Buddha Boy Ram Bahadur Bamjan have thrashed five media persons in Halkhoriya jungle of Bara Wednesday. 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. [break] 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.
“Five journalists have been beaten up and verbally abused in Bara, a district in the southern
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.”
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.
NIN Reporter 2012-03-21
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.
NIN Reporter 2012-03-21
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
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
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 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 ।