Discoveries of submerged Buddha statues in Samut Prakan canal spark theft investigation

A search performed by Thai officials in Samut Prakan‘s Lad Luang canal, Phra Pradaeng, led to the invention of a further ten Buddha statues submerged underwater. This follows the invention of practically 100 statues yesterday. The authorities saved the discovered artefacts in a local police station whereas investigating the ownership of the statues and the individuals liable for abandoning them.
Initially, at round 1.30am on Sunday, residents noticed two pick-up trucks and a sedan parking near the canal and dropping gadgets into the water. The authorities are contemplating two potential motives for this motion: the individuals possibly stole the items and disposed of them to cowl their tracks, or they discovered the statues in abandoned temples and left them within the canal, KhaoSod reported.
A 46 yr outdated resident, Wanchai Suphan, recalled seeing the statues, some of them depicting a horizontal Guan Yin goddess, caught beneath his house’s stilts. He cleaned the statues and deliberate to return them to the police station. Another resident, Boonsong Japtham, an eighty 12 months old dwelling close by, heard the noise of the objects being disposed of at round 4 am but didn’t see the perpetrators.
Phra Ratchaphat Sunthorn, chief of Phra Pradaeng district and abbot of Songthamworamahawihan temple, said they’re making an attempt to find out the supply of the statues and will coordinate with local temples to examine if any of them reported losses. The discovered statues include each outdated and new ones in numerous circumstances. Guide of the statues depict extremely revered figures such as Luang Por Sothon and Luang Por Ban Laem.
Chamnan Chanchai, an area guardian caretaker, shared his disappointment, saying that true guardians wouldn’t abandon their statues like that, adding that abandoning sacred items is disrespectful to Buddhists. Furthermore, he instructed that the statues probably came from theft or improper handling on the temple sites..

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