Police expand probe into Dhammakaya Foundation’s alleged land grab

Police continue their investigation into land occupation in southern provinces by Dhammakaya Foundation headed by Phra Dhammachayo.

Accompanied by local officials, Pol Gen Sriwara Rangsipromnakul, the deputy national police chief, inspected three land plots in Koh Yao Noi, Koh Yao district of Phang-nga province allegedly occupied by Dhammakaya Foundation for the construction of three meditation centres by the names of World Peace Muk Tawan 1, 2 and 3.

Initial inspection found out that World Peace Muk Tawan 1 occupies a total of 137 rai of land and 40 rai of them do not have any land right documents. Of the 40 rai, 21 rai are located in forest reserves and the rest are forest.

The second plot of land for Muk Tawan 2 meditation centre cover 162 rai is occupied by a Mr Petch Kansap. It was discovered that he has no land right document for 82 rai which are located in forest reserves.

The third plot for Muk Tawan 3 covers 100 rai of land with 44 of them located in forest reserves.

The police team also found out that the foundation did not have permits for the construction of the three meditation centres.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)