Friday, November 20, 2009

Buddha Boy no show at Killing Festival

BARIYARPUR, Nepal -- "Buddha Boy," Ram Bahadur Bomjon, has not turned up at the Gadhimai Mela by Friday, Nov. 20 although he had promised "to stop the animal sacrifice" at the twice a decade Hindu festival. Buddha Boy, who left his place of meditation at Halkhoriya on Thursday, has not shown up to stop the sacrificial killings at the festival, which is set to begin on November 24-25.

News of his possible arrival and his promise to stop the slaughter at any cost had led to the administration to mobilize additional police and government forces to prevent any untoward incident. He was expected to arrive between 3:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. and a large number of journalists and devotees had waited for him through Thursday night. There were rumors that Buddha Boy would start meditating at the sacrificial spot in front of Gadhimai temple.

“We have planned to stop him from coming to the vicinity of the sacrificial spot, out of security considerations,” a police officer there said. “If he tries to get in forcefully, we will take him under control and bring him out of the security cordon,” he added.

There has been speculation that the recent security arrangements made Buddha Boy change his mind. The security cordon was strengthened during the night to stop him from coming to the sacrificial spot. Around 1,200 security personnel including police and armed police were deployed in the area. More>>

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