Klong Luang district police chief, Pol Col Khempat Pothipitak, was abruptly transferred to an inactive post at the operations centre of Region 1 Provincial Police Bureau.
Royal Thai Police Office deputy spokesman Pol Col Krisana Pattanacharoen said Wednesday that Pol Lt-Gen Charnthep Sesavech, commissioner of Region 1 Provincial Police Bureau, ordered Pol Col Khempat's immediate transfer because he wanted the latter to do a proper job to be assigned by his superior.
He insisted that the transfer was not a punishment but for the sake of suitability.
The transfer order did not give the reason for the transfer, but observers noted that Pol Col Khempat is a follower of the Dhammakaya cult.
Appointed to replace Khempat was Pol Col Samart Srisiriviboonchai, deputy commander of Pathum Thani provincial police.
Wat Dhammakaya is located in Klong Luang district of Pathum Thani.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)