Many Monks Defrocked for Drug Abuse in Phetchabun

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Roof of a Buddhist temple in Thailand. Photo: Pixabay.

PHETCHABUN, Nov 29 (TNA) – Many monks including all at a temple were defrocked as officials found the trace of drug abuse in their urine. An abbot escaped from the anti-narcotic operation.

On Nov 25, police from the Bung Sam Phan station, administrative officials, village headmen and medical workers conducted drug tests at Buddhist temples in Phetchabun’s Bung Sam Phan district. At least five monks from three temples had narcotic residue in their urine and one of them was an abbot who had been in monkhood for more than a decade.

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