A Nepali spiritual leader believed by his followers to be a reincarnation of Buddha is currently under investigation over the disappearance of some of his devotees, on Monday.
Ram Bahadur Bomjan, also known as “Buddha Boy”, became very popular in 2005 after followers said he could meditate motionless for months without water, food or sleep in Nepal’s jungles.
28-year-old guru has a commitment following but has been accused of physically and s3xually assaulting some of his members.
Special police investigators have begun inquiries after the families of four of Bomjan’s devotees allegedly vanished from his ashrams.
Bomjan has long been dogged by accusations of abuse in deeply spiritual Nepal, even as thousands of worshippers queued for days to witness his so-called miracles of meditation deep in the jungle.
In September last year, an 18-year-old nun accused the guru of raping her at one of his ashrams.
Dozens more have filed complaints against him alleging assault.
The self-styled godman said he beat them for disturbing his meditation.