The 75-year-old cult leader has been identified as Tawee Nanra and was arrested following a raid in Northeastern Thailand where police found 11 bodies in a temple
Police are making further enquiries after 11 bodies were found in a cult temple on Sunday.
It’s been reported by Bangkok Post that followers were made to drink urine and eat excrement.
A raid in the Khon San district of Chaiyaphum province in northeastern Thailand took place where 75-year-old cult leader Tawee Nanra was arrested.
There had been complaints made regarding a suspected cult that had been spreading superstitious beliefs and offering non-scientific treatments of various different illnesses in Tambon Dong Klang.
Phukiao Provincial Court set bail for Mr Tawee on Monday at 50,000 baht, which is roughly £1,171.
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However, his 62-year-old brother Thongthip Nanra paid the bail that was set.
Initially, the police had pressed four charges against the 75-year-old for public land encroachment, breaching the Medicine Act, transferral of corpses and holding gatherings made illegal under the emergency decree.
On Tuesday, the Chaiyaphum governor Kraisorn Kongchalad revealed that an inspection panel had been formed to discover how local authorities in the area remained unaware of what was happening.
A demolition notice has been put up outside of the premises and Mr Kraisorn has instructed the remaining cult followers to leave the premises.
Cheif of the Khon San Forest protection unit, Saroj Boonprom, said that the temple was initially placed in a forest area by aerial GPS.
However, this was considered encroachment with Mr Saroj saying the investigation will need another three or four days.
Post-mortems have already been carried out on the 11 corpses that were found on the site with their bodies being identified and planned to be returned to their loved ones.
The cult followers believed their leader, who was known as phra bida or “spiritual father”, had learned how to cure sickness by drinking and eating his urine and excrement.
According to the officers who were at the scene on Monday, Mr Tawee had created a herbal medicine called ya dong.
Although his recipe involved adding animal hair, bones and coconut shells.
Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told the cabinet meeting on Tuesday that the situation was “disgusting”.
While the Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said despite Tawee’s followers calling him ‘phra bida’ a psychiatric hospital would just ‘call the guy a patient’