Police endure in prolonged search for monk

Officers focus on the mission but miss their families as the hunt continues

More than 4,000 security forces including border patrol police (above) have been watching the Dhammakaya sect's temple in Pathum Thani for almost three weeks. (Photo by Apichit Jinakul)

The operation to search for Phra Dhammajayo at Wat Phra Dhammakaya, which has lasted 18 days, is piling up tensions on the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) which is now confronting fierce opposition from supporters of the elusive monk.

It is also making some police officers, especially those attached with units in other provinces but deployed to support the DSI's mission in Pathum Thani, consider the days and nights they have spent near the temple without seeing their families.

Though the officers, who have recently talked to the Bangkok Post, did not exactly say they feel homesick, they did admit they cannot help thinking of their loved ones while working far away from their homes on five-day shifts.

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