DSI declares Klong Luang market off-limits

The Department of Special Investigation today (Wednesday) pasted up an announcement declaring Klong Luang central market off-limits to monks and followers of Dhammakaya cult in a bid to prevent the market from being used as their rallying venue.

DSI deputy director-general Pol Col Songsak Raksaksakul said the new measure was intended to curb the activities of the supporters of the elusive former abbot of Wat Dhammakaya, Phra Dhammachayo, who is playing hide and seek with the officials.

He said that summonses had been issued to several core leaders of the protesting Dhammakaya followers to report to DSI officials for questioning, but only one of them turned himself in. He warned that arrest warrants would be issued if these core leaders refuse to show up.

In the latest development, the DSI has issued summonses for three more core leaders to report themselves to the Region 1 Border Patrol Police headquarter on Friday. They are Aiya Petthong, Mrs Kotchakorn Chaivarn and Payoong Unnahit.

The DSI deputy chief clarified that the off-limits announcement was meant to squeeze out outsiders from the temple ground to prevent them from inciting dissent among the Dhammakaya followers inside the temple.

He said he believes Dhammachayo is still hiding in the temple. He added that there are still attempts to disrupt attempts by the officials to locate the elusive monk.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)