Uma Prasad Chaturvedi, a spokesman for the Nepal Central Investigation Bureau (CIB), said the police began seeking the Ashram, a…
Uma Prasad Chaturvedi, a spokesman for the Nepal Central Investigation Bureau (CIB), said the police began seeking the Ashram, a type of spiritual monastery, north of the capital, Kathmandu, after receiving a tip that a body was buried there. 19659002] Police search of premises failed to reveal any human remains.
The four people missing, two men and two women, worshiped at other ashrams in conjunction with Ram Bahadur Bomjan, according to Chaturvedi. Their families haven’t heard from them for more than two years, he said.
“We have no complaints specifically against Bomjan,” Charurvedi said. “Because these missing people are missing from his ashram, we might be asking him so far. But we haven’t done it yet.”
He said that supporters who live on the ashram are questioned.
Bomjan could not be reached for comment. Officials with Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangha, the organization dealing with Bomjan’s Ashram, issued a statement that did not address the disappearances, but said, “We are sad and disappointed with the latest media reports.”
The statement made no particular mention of the four missing individuals.
The case has thrown Bomjan, 28, into the spotlight more than a decade after he first received international attention. In 2005, he went back 1
5 years to the jungle to pray for 10 months, reported local media at that time. According to his followers, he did it without food, sleep or water.
These claims were never independently verified, but it led him to promise him as the reincarnation of Siddhartha Gautama, who was born in Nepal some 2,500 years ago, and later became known simply as Buddha, meaning “enlightened”.
Bomjan was quickly called in local media such as the “Buddha boy”, which helped to increase his fame, as thousands from across the country and neighbor traveled to see him while he was in the jungle.
Bomjan began preaching about two years later, according to his website, to attract an audience of about 3,000 people during his first sermon. He and his followers then used their fame to establish a network of Ashrams around Nepal dedicated to his teachings.
But recently, the Bomjan has been dogged by allegations of inaccuracy. An 18-year-old nun publicly accused him of raping her on one of his ashrams in September 2018.
Kunda Dev, a police inspector in the Sarlahi district – where the alleged event took place – said that the nun never filed an official police officer complaints and so the police never left charges. Dhiraj Pratap Singh, a senior superintendent in the Kathmandu Metropolitan Police crime department, also told CNN that no formal complaint was ever made to the authorities.
Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangha officials denied the rapes at a press conference that month and called them “completely done-up.”
Neither the President or the Secretary-General of Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangha returned CNN’s phone calls seeking comments on the rape declaration and the lacked the worshipers.
In his statement Saturday, Bodhi Shrawan said Dharma Sangha: “We urge our followers and followers not to be distracted and be patient and calm. … We want to ask our followers and followers to continue to walk the truth road and continue to help Nepal. government to find the right facts. “
The statement made no particular mention of the four missing individuals or the accusations of assault.