‘Bamjan victims’ kin’ in capital seeking justice

Kathmandu, December 28

Kin of three persons, who were allegedly disappeared by Ram Bahadur Bamjan, a self-styled ‘Buddha Boy’, have demanded that the government conduct a thorough investigation to find their whereabouts.

Organising a press conference in Kathmandu today, the grieving families alleged that Bamjan was a ‘paedophile and murderer’ and asserted that their dear ones were disappeared by the so-called godman from his ‘ashrams’ in Bara and Sindhupalchowk districts.

Prem Dorje Lama, general secretary of Ahinsabadi Dharma Chakra Sangh, a Buddhist organisation, said two women — Dolmo of Makawanpur and Chunmo of Nuwakot — were last seen in 2015 and 2011 in Bara-based Bamjan’s ‘ashram’, respectively. “Initially, they lived in my Makawanpur-based ashram as nuns before their association with Bamjan. Whether they are alive or dead is not known. The government should conduct an investigation to establish the truth.”

Lama urged the government to raid Bamjan’s ‘ashrams’ to dismantle the ‘criminal ring’.

Dolmo’s father said, “My daughter had called me on phone in January 2015 from Bamjan’s ashram. She was not in the ashram when I went to visit her later. Bamjan’s followers said they did not know where she was. I have been searching for my daughter in vain. The government should trace her.”

Ganga Maya, elder sister of Chunmo, alleged that her sister had been missing since her association with Bamjan. “Chunmo returned home once for one night after she started living in Bamjan’s ashram in 2011. Bamjan’s men say that they don’t know anything about her,” Ganga Maya added.

Mahendra Waiba of Makawanpur also demanded that the government trace his father, who, he alleged, was disappeared by Bamjan’s men in March 2015 from his ‘ashram’ in Sindhupalchowk.