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Former leading follower believes Phra Dhammachayo still inside Dhammakaya Temple

Feb 17. 2017
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By The Nation

A doctor, who used to be a leading follower of controversial Phra Dhammachayo, Friday expressed his belief that the honourary abbot is still hiding inside the vast temple.

On Thursday, officials search some spots that accounted only some 20 to 25 per cent of the temple’s area.

Doctor Mano Laohawanit said Phra Dhammachayo was hiding inside the Chan Khonnokyoong memorial building at the time of raid and he was alerted and led by followers to evade the authorities inside the very vast temple with some 2,000 rai of area.

During the escape attempt, some followers drew attention of the authorities by engaging in a brief scuffle with them.

Mano said he was alerted by followers to change the hiding place before the authorities could spot him.

Mano claimed that he had some sources inside the temple that kept updating him of the movement of Phra Dhammachayo.

Earlier, Mano expressed his belief the monk has already fled the temple.


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