HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
PATHALAIYA: Followers of Ram Bahadur Bamjan, who is also known as Little Buddha, brought vehicular movement to a halt at Pasaha of Dumarawana VDC, Bara, along the Pathlaiya-Nijgadh road section, demanding that Bamjan be issued citizenship certificate in the name of Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangh, a group said to be formed for his protection.
Passengers were stranded for four hours due to the road obstruction. Though Bamjan’s birth date has been registered as Ramlal, Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangh has demanded that Bamjan be issued citizenship certificate and passport in the name of ‘Dharma Sangh’ — something which is not possible as per the existing laws.
Vehicular movement resumed after a meeting between Area Administration Officer Binay Srivastav and representatives of Dharma Sangh. Nonetheless, the administration refused to issue citizenship certificate to Bamjan.
Srivastav said he urged the Dharma Sangh to first fulfil legal procedures which are necessary for obtaining citizenship certificate. While Bamjan’s mother Mayadevi claims to have registered her son’s birth date, the Dharma Sangh has got another one issued. “How can a person have two separate birth registrations?” asked Mayadevi showing Bamjan’s birth certificate which she said was the original one. In spite of all these, no action has been taken against the officials of Ratanpuri VDC for issuing a fake birth registration certificate to Bamjan.
This is not the first time that the 22-year-old Buddha Boy has run into controversy. Recently, Bamjan and the Dharma Sangh were in the eye of the storm for ‘taking two women hostage’. Dharma Sangh members have also been involved in brawls, of late with journalists.