The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) says Phra Dhammachayo is not sick as earlier claimed by his followers and doctors, and now he is believed hiding somewhere outside the Dhammakaya temple.
DSI deputy spokesman Pol Maj Woranan Srilam said the escape of the defiant monk from the temple indicated he is not sick as earlier claimed.
He said the DSI has received information from several informers of the hideouts of the monk and it is in the process of verifying these information.
He declined to elaborate but said now he is outside the control area (Dhammakaya temple).
He said if there is substantial evidence of his hideout, the DSI could propose the use of Section 44 to declare it a control area to facilitate search.
He insisted that the Dhammakaya temple will remain a control area as it still a sensitive area for ill-intention people to incite public disturbance.
However the temple will open to followers and monks to perform their religious functions as usual.
He also said the DSI still has no need to seek Interpol help to find and arrest the fugitive Phra Dhammachayo as information received so far did not indicate he has fled the country.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)