Search stepped up for persons missing from Bamjan’s asharam

Hetauda, December 30

Police in Makawanpur have intensified the search for two persons said to have gone missing from the ashram of Ram Bahadur Bamjan, a self-styled ‘godman’ based in Halkhoriya forest of Bara.

Citing the disappearance of Fulmaya Rumba, 30, of Hatiya in Hetauda and Sanchalal Waiba, 51, of Banaspati in Hetauda for long, Fulmaya’s brother Bijaya and Sanchalal’s son Mahendra lodged a joint compliant at Makawanpur District Police Office a few days ago seeking police help to find their missing kin.

Acting on the complaint, Makwanpur District Police Office has intensified their search for the missing persons.

“While we have corresponded with police units in respective districts, where Bamjan has his ashrams, in connection with the case, we are also collecting details about the missing persons from their kin,” said Makawanpur police Chief Superintendent of Police Buddhiraj Gurung.

Aspiring to be a nun, Fulmaya had left home for Bamjan’s ashram in Halkhoriya seven years ago.  According to her family, she has been out of contact since they last had a word with her four years ago.

Similarly, it’s has been five years since Sanchalal left home and three years since he went out of contact.

“As he didn’t return home, we went to Bamjan’s Sindhupalchowk ashram on April 10 the same  year. There we were told that he had left the ashram just a day before. Then we went to Halkhoriya to search for him and other places but to no avail. We decided to turn to police for help after our attempts to find him went in vain,” Mahendra said.

Meanwhile, two other persons, Nuwakot’s Karma Waiba and Bara’s Suresh Kumar Ale Magar, are also reported to be unaccounted for ever since they left home wishing to give themselves up to the service of the ‘guru’. According to Karma’s sister Gangamaya, Karma has been missing for the past five years.

Family members of Suresh, 34, of Jitpursimara Sub-metropolitan City on the other hand, have also filed a complaint at the District Police Office, Bara, regarding the disappearance.

He is said to have been missing for the past three years.