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Followed by supporters, Dhammakaya monk surrenders to police

Phra Palat Seksan Attathamo, a monk at Dhammakaya Temple who allegedly led crowds gathering at Pathum Thani’s Klong Luang Central Market near the temple, on Wednesday presented himself to police as per a summons to hear the charge of violating a junta order by entering the market, which was part of a controlled area.

He walked from the market to the Klong Luang police precinct while temple supporters gave him encouragement along the way.
He had previously said that if police refused to release him on bail, he would be willing to be incarcerated in his monk’s robe and that he would not leave the monkshood.
Once he was inside the precinct, some temple supporters gathered outside to pray in the presence of soldiers and police officers.
At the Region 1 Border Patrol police bureau in Klong Luang district, Pol Lieutenant-General Charnthep Sesavej, commissioner of the Provincial Police Region 1, told reporters that around 200 crowd-control police had been were dispatched to provide peace and order at the precinct.
Charnthep said it was likely that the monk would be detained, which could result in his being defrocked.
Asked if this would lead to an out-of-control situation, the commissioner said there was no reason to fear chaos when a person broke the law and faced legal action accordingly.

Published : March 08, 2017

By : The Nation