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Park officials and villagers hold religious service for the dead elephants

National park and district officials this morning joined local people to hold a religious service as a merit-making for three wild elephants of the same that were electrocuted by a caretaker of a meditation center at Huai Sat Yai in Kaeng Kracharn national park in Hua Hin district of Prachuap Khiri Khan province.

dead elephantsNine monks chanted prayers for the elephants which authorities might be parent and their one year old baby.

Among the local people attended the religious ceremony was the wife of the meditation centre.

She said that she and her husband felt very sorry for the loss and that her husband was so grieved that he fell sick after he heard the news.

She said that Asom Burapha is a meditation center, not a resort and that she is ready to be questioned by police.

The center caretaker, Sompong Yapakdi, who has confessed to erect the electrical wired fence, said he only intended to prevent the elephants from accessing the pond and did not expect the high voltage of 220 volts would kill them.

Police escorted him to Hua Hin court where he was ordered to be detained for 12 days for questioning.

Four witnesses have been questioned by police, while the result postmortem examination results would be known within two weeks. The owners of the Asom Burapha meditation center will also be questioned by police.

Thai PBS

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