Luang Pu accused of illegal land deal

CHIANG MAI – United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) supporters in Chiang Mai have accused core anti-government protest leader Luang Pu Buddha Issara of building luxury housing on public land.

Around 300 red-shirt supporters gathered on Monday morning to discuss the People’s Democratic Reform Committee protest monk's alleged land purchases.  

Pichit Tamul, a UDD leader from Chiang Mai, said a man who identified himself as Buddha Issara had purchased several land plots from local villagers without title deeds or land ownership documents. 

He said permanent buildings had been erected on those plots, but argued that the land is in fact public property.

Mr Pichit said Buddha Issara had claimed that he would build a temple on the plots, but said villagers believed that the large building in tambon Mae Win, Mae Wang district was actually a luxury housing unit.

He said villagers were unhappy about the situation and some had already reported the matter to the police. 

Supon Fumuljaroen, an old classmate of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and vice-chairman of the UDD in Chiang Mai, said villagers in tambon Mae Win were unhappy that Buddha Issara purchased the mountain land in his own name.

Villagers will keep an eye on the property to see whether Luang Pu Buddha Issara visits. If he does they will alert the police to arrest him given that he is wanted for blocking the advance general election, Mr Supon said.

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Discussion 1 : 11/02/2014 at 09:58 AM
UDD should investigate their own too, how ironic. Put the monk behind bars if he broke the law, lets move forward.
Discussion 2 : 11/02/2014 at 07:07 AM
and the monk is still walking around great justice
Discussion 3 : 11/02/2014 at 05:55 AM
Yes, that is a good place for the pdrc's rouge monk. Once the rally is broken up he will retreat to his luxury digs in Chaing Mai. So much for the anti corruption lies they've been telling .
Discussion 4 : 11/02/2014 at 04:51 AM
"...he would build a temple on the plots". Referring to the photo above, the luxurious door gate is part of a luxury house instead of a wat.
Discussion 5 : 11/02/2014 at 01:13 AM
Demolish if true. He should have been arrested a long time ago. Thai monks, does not matter what colors, are full of temptations, don't they?
Discussion 6 : 10/02/2014 at 09:26 PM
My my, we are starting to get right down there with the rats in the sewers are we not?
Discussion 7 : 10/02/2014 at 09:12 PM
With the Reds:Double stds are allowed for them and the ones they supposedly love only !!
Discussion 8 : 10/02/2014 at 07:29 PM
The poor and gullible blind followers of a fugitive from Thai justice...From Chiang Mai, of course....why are we even surprised???? They would go after a sick dog if Dubai instructed them to....LOL
Discussion 9 : 10/02/2014 at 07:13 PM
I'd very much like the UDD to have a deeper look at a very elitarian real-estate project with hugely corrupted origins, that perfectly fits into their fight, and should make it easy for the reds to gather a vast majority of the population around them about this one when they would: it's called Alpine Golf and Country Resort, and it's illegally 'owned' by the Shinawatra family... Come on UDD, bite yourself in that one, no double standards!
Discussion 10 : 10/02/2014 at 06:52 PM
So why are the red shirts villagers selling land for which they have no title. Perhaps they should be arrested for selling public lands and fraud.

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