Nong Bua Lamphu, northeast Thailand-
Intoxicated monks in Mueang Nong Bua Lamphu tested positive with up to 300 milligrams percent of alcohol and have been defrocked. The monks allegedly also sold without permission many items belonging to the temple.
The Mueang Nong Bua Lamphu Police were notified of the drunk monks from concerned local residents on Tuesday (May 30th). Monks in a temple on the Wang Muean – Nonsang Road in the Nong Bua sub-district were reportedly drinking alcohol inside the temple. Police, along with 20 angry and frustrated local residents, went to the temple. At the time of the visit, there were in total three monks at the temple.
The two younger monks, one identified only as Jakkapong, tested positive with 202 milligrams percent of alcohol and the second monk, identified only as Adul, tested positive with 320 milligrams percent of alcohol. An unidentified older monk tested negative for alcohol. The two younger monks admitted that they had asked a local to buy alcohol and drink with them. The two intoxicated monks were immediately defrocked by the Abbott of Mueang Nong Bua Lamphu.
Local residents have also filed an additional report to police saying that the same two young monks asked a local to sell without permission many items belonging to the temple.
Nong Bua Lamphu Police are continuing their investigation into the alleged misappropriation of temple resources.