A special task force from the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation yesterday (Dec 7) seized over 1,200 sawn wood planks from a temple in Kanchanaburi province.
The rough sawn planks were kept inside the temple's godown and the value of the wood planks was estimated at over a billion baht.
Phya Sua task force chief Chaiwat Limlikit-aksorn led the team of park officials, police, soldiers and local administration volunteers to search the Mettatham Photiyarn temple in Kanchanaburi's Muang district after receiving at tip-off that large amount of wood planks are being kept there.
The abbot of the temple Phra Yen Mong led the task force team to search the godown where large number of sawn wood planks are kept.
However, the abbot claimed all the wood planks and logs were legitimately acquired to make furnitures and he produced documents to the task force as proof.
But the task force chief said he needed a week to closely examine all the planks and logs as he never has seen before such huge sizes of logs.
The task force impounded the wood planks and logs, pending examination by authorities.
The temple located in an area of 200 rais and it's document showed the temple was allowed to build 17 buildings. However, the survey showed there are more than 17 buildings in the temple, Mr Chaiwat added.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)