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This Buddhist temple is left empty after monks fail drug tests

"The temple is now empty of monks and nearby villagers are concerned they cannot do any merit-making," an official said.

November 29, 2022 / 09:07 PM IST
The monks have been sent to a health clinic to undergo drug rehabilitation. (Representative image)

The monks have been sent to a health clinic to undergo drug rehabilitation. (Representative image)

A Buddhist temple in central Thailand has been left without monks after all its holy men failed drug tests and were defrocked, a local official said Tuesday.

Four monks including an abbot at a temple in Phetchabun province's Bung Sam Phan district tested positive for methamphetamine on Monday, district official Boonlert Thintapthai told AFP.

The monks have been sent to a health clinic to undergo drug rehabilitation, the official said.

"The temple is now empty of monks and nearby villagers are concerned they cannot do any merit-making," he said.