Power and water supplies to Wat Dhammakaya may be cut

More pressure is to be applied on Wat Dhammakaya with the possibility that power and water supplies to the temple may be cut off.

Pol Gen Srivara Rangseepromnakul, the deputy national police chief, had a meeting with Mr Sermsakul Klaikaew, governor of Provincial Electricity Authority, reportedly to discuss the possibility of cutting off power supply to Wat Dhammakaya on the ground that the temple had allegedly committed a series of violations against the Industrial Works, Environment and Public Health acts regarding illegal construction of buildings and other structures.

It was reported that police were also coordinating with the Provincial Waterworks Authority about cutting off water supply to the temple.

Pol Gen Srivara called an urgent meeting with the police, officials of the Department of Special Investigation and the military at Klong Luang district police in Pathum Thani. No details of the meeting were available at press time.

Tens of thousands of followers of the Dhammakaya sect have been keeping vigil at the temple purportedly to protect Phra Dhammachayo from being arrested.

Meanwhile, the Sikhiew provincial court in Nakhon Ratchasima on Thursday issued another search warrant as requested by the Crime Suppression Division police for allegedly dredging an artesian well without permission.

The first four search warrants valid from December 13-16 are due to expire on Friday and there is a likelihood that the police are not ready yet to search the temple to look for the elusive former abbot of the temple.

Police and military personnel have been deployed around the temple reportedly to prevent third hand elements from stirring up chaos.

The DSI has deployed a surveillance drone over Gate 8 of the temple reportedly as part of its routine intelligence gathering operation.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)