Of monks and munitions

Worldwide : Police arrested 38-year-old monk Phra Phornphanom Sommai February 26 after villagers reported seeing him shouldering a gun while sitting pillion on a motorbike rushing through Nong Hua Ling village, Kuchinarai district. When police caught up with him, they discovered that he was drunk, stated Maj Somchai Phukongchana, Investigating Inspector at Kuchinarai District Police Station. Police then went to search the shack the place Phraphornphanom was living and found two bars of TNT with a combined weight of about half a pound, a shotgun and sixteen bullets for an M-16 assault rifle. Phraphornphanom mentioned that they belonged to another person and had been left with him for safekeeping. He refused, nevertheless, to call names or give any additional details. Villagers reported that, not like different monks, Phraphornphanom did not sleep in the temple, however as an alternative sat around drinking liquor. He often carried “war weapons” with him, Maj Somchai stated. Following the arrest, the Governor of Kalasin Province, Kawee Kittisathaphon, fearing that

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