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23 September 2011 :: 10:09:22 am 58521

Thai monks trade gun and theft claims

BANGKOK, September 22, 2011 - Buddhist monastic life usually conjures images of serenity and peace, but monks at one Thai temple have lodged rival police complaints alleging lies, theft and threats at gunpoint.
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Jirawat Pasanano said he was forced to leave his temple after two fellow monks beat him up, brandished a gun at him and demanded he quit his lucrative morning alms route in Bangkok, according to a police spokesman.

But the two accused men, Pitch Prapasaro, 26, and a monk known as Auan filed a counter-complaint.

They claim the 44-year-old Jirawat made up the gun incident to get back at Auan, who had accused him of using the temple’s name to collect donations that he pocketed himself.

Auan, who is believed to be in his fifties, insisted he had no motive for wanting the alms route.

“It is totally untrue that I used a gun to intimidate him. I have poor health and stopped walking to collect alms five years ago,” he told reporters.

An official at the Buddhism Protection division at the Office of National Buddhism said the case was very unusual, adding that no investigation had yet been launched into the monks’ behaviour.

Reporter : AFP   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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