Aged monk expelled for drunk rampage

NAKORN RATCHASIMA – An elderly monk was expelled from th monkhood after a drunken rampage during which he destroyed his living quarters and allegedly threatened police who tried to calm him down.

Police they received a complaint from the head monk of Wat Buraphapimol in Phimai district that a monk was acting out of control and destroying temple property on Monday.

Police said the out of control monk, Bunlom Mahawiro, 70, resisted arrest when they tried to stop him from destroying his living quarters and refused to let police search his room.

He claimed that he was very close to former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. He also told police that he would protect Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and would not let anyone harm her.

Police said they escorted the monk to the police station to calm him down. Police also seized a knife, an axe, a bottle containing an alcoholic beverage and a pile of bank notes. According to the police, there was several hundred of thousand baht in his room.

Police said the monk said the money was his life’s savings.

He was later sent back to the temple, where he was released from the monkhood.

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