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Structures in Halkhoria forest demolished

  

DIWAKAR BHANDARI

PATHALAIYA: District Forest Office, Bara on Thursday demolished illegal structures in the Halkhoria forest area after Ram Bahadur Bamjan, popularly known as the Buddha Boy, left the forest and headed to Sindhuli in the night of June 5.

A joint team including Nepal Police and armed police personnel and forest security personnel reached Halkhoriya forest area today and demolished about one dozen houses and huts. Earlier, the forest office had inspected the site soon after Bamjan left.

Police used excavator and other modern equipment to demolish a three-storey concrete house and other structures, and intercepted timber and other items from the site. “We have started demolishing the structures illegally built by Bamjan and his henchmen in order to discourage any encroachment of forest land in future,” said district forest office chief Ramanandan Sah. The forest office has also removed the barbed-wire fence erected by the Bodhi Shrawan Dharma Sangh, a body formed to provide protection to Bamjan, around the mediation site.

The forest office has also taken control of the Ratanpuri forest area, which is said to be Bamjan’s first meditation site and is learnt to be preparing to hand over the forest to a community forest.

Bamjan had stayed in the Ratanpuri forest for about nine months before vanishing from there suddenly to be found later in the Bagajhor jungle of Bara, where he made the Halkhoriya forest his second meditation site.

Bamjan courted controversy for the first time when he assaulted a local youth with a sword. After that, he was also drawn into many other controversies including hostage-taking and thrashing.

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Nepal ignores Bomjon because that country comes up with a new 'unique' Guru every year! So, its the same old same old to them. These 'divine' individuals come, go and the world remains just the same. because any idiot who comes talking about world peace is a fool. I bet he even thinks he's going to stop the world from ending in December 2012. delusional people always thinking the world is going to end in their times. Jason Thomas, USA

I think Jason Thomas is blaming the wrong person. I don't think building so called "unnatural" houses in the middle of the forest is ignorance. Isn't that what man kind has been doing through out the ages? I bet wherever Jason is living was a forest some long time ago until human beings encroached it. And, Bomjon hasn't been creating or destroying "unnatural" houses. All he wants to do is sit in quiet and meditate, and may be if he attends the so called elusive "Nirvana", he might share his knowledge with us. I just think that boy is unique, and the problem is people around him are trying to benefit from his uniqueness. Roshan Lamichhane, Bloomington, Indiana, USA

Nepal is foolish because they are getting such opportunity to to see the messenger of god.N if would have their I won't b missing such a wonderful opportunity. dawatamang, India(siliguri)

There is nothing 'sacred' about someone illegally taking residence in a forest that does not belong to them. To build 'unnatural' houses and statues and pedestals in the midst of a forest is ignorance. Ram lives in his own delusional blindness. Above all, Truth has no relationship with a lost boy who is misguiding the blind. Jason Thomas, USA

Nepali people and Goverment unable to recognize the truth(Mahasam Bodhi Guru Dharma Sangha) because they do not want to face with the truth. that is why, every unholesom activities were publiced againest the true dharma. this has been bigest maistak of them. One day they must regreat their unholesom activities. May they able be see truth soon. Panit Maharjan, Patan

"Defies reason"...NOT defines reason...typo ...please change if you print it please Mark, Pondicherry, India

Joan, you must understand while Chinese dignitary's keep influencing the pathetic undereducated leaders and governance on show in Nepal, sadly more destruction of national treasures will continue unabated. Communist Maoists don't care for forests, nor religion, nor human sentiment; their ideology defines reason! Mark, Pondicherry, India

Joan, the sacredness of Halkhoriya was not due to the concrete houses and huts. Real Dharma cannot be demolished by excavators. The biggest demolition of sacredness was done in the minds and hearts of human followers of the Ascetic of the forest. Now simply the fruit of their actions came ripe to be consumed. Zsuzsanna Takacs Marichi, Slovakia

It is extremely painful to read about the destruction of magical Halkhoriya Forest and along with it, all the sacred life in the Jungle. It is equally difficult to understand why the government instead of expanding the zoning of the Dharmic Forest, would choose to reduce and eradicate what was on the way to becoming for the world, Nepal's National Treasure.... Joan Stanley-Baker, Sun Moon Lake, TAIWAN

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