DSI to form special task force to hunt Phra Dhammachayo

As defiant monks and followers of Phra Dhammachayo have started to back off after weeks of standoff, and some have withdrawn from Dhammakaya temple, the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) will continue to locate the fugitive monk until he is brought to trial.

Special task force to find him will be set up after the DSI proposes the scrapping of the order that has declared Dhammakaya a control area.

DSI director-general Pol Col Paisit Wongmuang disclosed today s special team would be formed to look for the running monk.

He said that yesterday's search of two suspected zones, A and B, failed to find him.

But he said that DSI has received tipoff from many informers giving information of the hideouts of Phra Dhammachayo.

One hideout given by some informers is on the suspected target for search, he said, adding that the DSI is seeking evidence to support its request to the Criminal Court to issue search warrant.

He said he remained uncertain if Phra Dhammachayo has already fled the country, indicating that so far the Immigration Office has no information to confirm he has left the country.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)