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Dhammachayo’s followers flock into Dhammakaya ahead of a planned raid of the temple

Followers and monks loyal to Phra Dhammachayo continue to flock into Wat Dhammakaya in droves reportedly to pray amidst unconfirmed report that officials of the Department of Special Investigation and police may search the temple to look for the embattled former abbot of the temple on Tuesday.

Many passenger vans and cars were on Monday seen streaming toward the temple along the Bangchan-Nongsua road. Several roadblocks were set up along the road as police made random spot checks to look for illegal items.

An informed police source pointed out that several passenger vans appeared to have operated outside their designated routes which is against the law.

Police led by Gen Srivara Rangseepromnakul, the deputy national police chief, were huddled in a closed �door meeting with DSI officials headed by Pol Col Paisit Wongmuang to discuss the plan to arrest the fugitive monk.

Pol Gen Srivara later told reporters that the meeting focused on what could be done or could not done given the fact that there are many people in the temple and the potential that there might be some third hand elements bent on provoking chaos in case the authorities decided to move in on to make the arrest.

The deputy national police chief went on saying that technological crime police were considering taking legal action against Dhammakaya spokesman Ong-art Thamnitha for his public remark that a raid of the temple by the autborities could lead to division among Buddhists.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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