Thai cops search scan­dal­hit tem­ple for wanted monk

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FEATURES/APPRECIATION -

BANGKOK AFP FEB16,2017- Thai po­lice be­gan sweep­ing a scan­dal-hit Bud­dhist tem­ple on Thurs­day to search for a wanted monk who has evaded ar­rest for months in a saga high­light­ing a split over the nation’s faith.

The search of the pow­er­ful and ul­tra-rich Wat Dam­makaya tem­ple on Bangkok’s out­skirts comes af­ter Thai­land’s junta chief in­voked spe­cial pow­ers to put its sprawl­ing 1,000-acre com­pound un­der mil­i­tary con­trol.

Pre­vi­ous at­tempts to raid the tem­ple were thwarted af­ter thou­sands of devo­tees showed up to de­fend Phra Dham­machayo, the sep­tu­a­ge­nar­ian monk who founded the break­away Bud­dhist or­der in 1970.

Bud­dhist monks face the po­lice in front of the scan­dal-hit Wat Dham­makaya tem­ple

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