Electrified fence at forest temple

LOPBURI: More than 200 individuals from Baan Nong Kam in Lopburi’s Muang District held a protest June 27 to drive out an area abbot, whom they accused of organising an electrified fence to keep villagers away from his forest temple.One of the protest leaders, 58-year-old Charoen Wongpao, informed reporters that Phra Khru Palatwiroj Ophaso, Abbot of Wat Suwanahong Forest, favored to chase away villagers who went foraging in the woods.People from the village had been collecting vegetation rising in the space for more than a century before Phra Khru Palatwiroj arrived, K. Charoen said, however now they were not allowed to even gather tamarind growing close to the temple.Although villagers were persevering with the abbot’s isolationist antics, they have been sparked into motion when he ordered the erection of a barbed-wire fence around the temple.At evening, the abbot linked the fence to an electric provide of adequate voltage to give nasty electrical shocks to anyone unfortunate enough to bump into it, K. Hurry said.The fence runs rightt

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