50,000 baht reward
for capture of escapee who shot policeman
Pol Senior Sergeant Maj Wittaya Jansamrarn was shot and
injured on November 18 by prisoner Ming Jaiman, 50, who broke out of Chiang
Mai Central Prison 12 days earlier with Akkradech “Ood” Kongkrajang, 40.
Lt Gen Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, commissioner of the Provincial Police
Bureau Region 5, visits Pol Senior Sergeant Maj Wittaya Jansamrarn who was
shot by escaped jailbird Ming Jaiman.
The police have been hunting for them and issued
identikits for the general public and police in Chiang Mai. This resulted in
villagers informing Pol Senior Sergeant Maj Wittaya at the Mueng Kaew Police
Box in Mae Rim district that Ming was around the rice field in Ban Pa Phai
in tambon Mueng Kaew, Mae Rim district.
The police from Mae Rim district police station, led by
suppression inspector Pol Maj Niwat Jomjai and investigation inspector Pol
Maj Naruebarn Jittayanont surrounded the rice field area to recapture Ming.
When Pol Senior Sergeant Maj Wittaya confronted Ming, he
ordered him to stop and surrender. However, Ming shot at Wittaya with a .357
pistol five times. Wittaya returned fire with his .38 service revolver.
Wittaya was shot in the left leg but Ming managed to escape unhurt.
Pol Senior Sergeant Maj Wittaya was taken to Nakorn Ping
Hospital for treatment and Ming’s gun was seized as evidence.
Ming Jaiman, 50, who escaped from Chiang Mai Central Prison on November 6.
The reward for information leading to his recapture is 50,000 baht.
After the shooting, Pol Lt Gen Panupong Singhara Na
Ayuthaya, commissioner of the Provincial Police Bureau Region 5, Siriwat
Sairat-in, Commissioner of Chiang Mai Central Prison, Pol Col Chamnarn
Ruadrew, Deputy Commander of Chiang Mai Police Chief and Pol Col Montri
Sumboonnanont, superintendent of Mae Rim District Police Station,
commandeered over 200 officials to encircle the orchard in Ban Ton Phueng in
tambon Mueng Kaew, Mae Rim district where they believe the prisoner was
However, they were unable to apprehend Ming and later
found out that somebody had helped him escape to Chiang Mai’s Muang
district on a motorcycle. The police searched 11 of his relatives’ houses,
but in vain.
“Police have eight more places (to check) outside the
Chiang Mai area where he may be hiding. Police in that area have been
contacted to hunt for him”, said Pol Lt Gen Panupong.
Pol Lt Gen Panupong visited Pol Senior Sergeant Maj
Wittaya at Nakorn Ping Hospital and told him he admired his bravery in
carrying out his duty. He pledged to give him further assistance. The police
have offered a 50,000 baht reward for Ming’s arrest.
Ming was arrested for robbery and gun possession on
August 26, 2002 and was sentenced to a prison term of 10 years and one
month. He also has five previous criminal offenses on record at Muang
district police station and three at Mae Ping district police station
between 1999-2003. He has been charged with possession of weapons,
drug-related offences and robbery.
Akkradech was arrested on April 12 this year in
connection with five cases of theft. He is a member of the gang of Nong Kon
Kru Temple’s abbot in San Sai district, Chiang Mai, which steals Buddha
images throughout the North.
Police revise strategy against robbers who
target foreign tourists
Following three robberies of foreign tourists since the start
of Chiang Mai’s peak tourist season, police met to plan new strategies to act
against young thieves.
Lt Gen Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya (left), commissioner of Provincial Police
Bureau Region 5, talks with Deputy Tourist Police Chief Pol Col Sakolrat
Theerasawas (right) after the meeting.
Pol Lt Gen Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya said that under the
supervision of Provincial Police Bureau Region 5, Central Investigation Police
Bureau and Chiang Mai Provincial Police Division, tourist police were appointed
as reserves to the Chiang Mai Provincial Police Division to suppress young gangs
and criminals who target foreign tourists.
At the meeting, both preventive and investigation strategies
were revised to improve performance. The strategies will help prevent the same
crimes happening to other foreign tourists and maintain the image of Chiang Mai
as a tourist city.
The police had clues to trace the thieves who recently
injured and robbed the three foreigners and had collected evidence to arrest
them, according to Pol Lt Gen Panupong. Initially, the police suspected that the
three foreign tourists were robbed by the same miscreants who could be drug
addicts and gamblers. He pledged that they would be arrested.
The heavyweight two hour meeting was attended by Pol Lt Gen Panupong Singhara
Na Ayuthaya, commissioner of the Provincial Police Bureau Region 5; Pol Maj Gen
Chaiwat Chotika, deputy commissioner of the Central Investigation Police Bureau;
Pol Col Sakolrat Theerasawas, Deputy Tourist Police Chief; Pol Maj Gen Jiruj
Pohmmobol, Chiang Mai Provincial Police Chief; Pol Col Chamnarn Ruad-rew, Deputy
Chiang Mai Provincial Police Chief; Pol Col Prayat Boonsri, superintendent of
Muang district police station; Pol Col Prachuab Wongsook, superintendent of Phu
Ping Palace police station; Pol Col Yutthachai Puaprasert, superintendent of Mae
Ping district police station; and Pol Col Thaweechai Prateep-u-sanont,
superintendent of Chang Puak district police station.
CMU to conduct study on electric tramcars for mass transport
With 147 million baht approved by the government to
investigate Chiang Mai’s mass transportation, the Traffic and Transport Policy
and Planning Office in the Ministry of Transport and Communication has assigned
Chiang Mai University (CMU) to conduct a study over 10 months, starting next
of the CMU’s Information Service Center, Chaithawat Saowaphon.
The Traffic and Transport Policy and Planning Office has
approved an electric tramcar project after the director of CMU’s Information
Service Center, Chaithawat Saowaphon, presented the proposal for the mass
The Traffic and Transport Policy and Planning Office, Chiang
Mai Municipality and Chiang Mai province will work together with CMU.
During the 10 month study, the general public is welcome to
make suggestions to the working group on both the electric car and pollution
Chaithawat said the study is divided into three stages.
Firstly, the CMU will study technology for the type of electric tramcars. Then,
it will study how appropriate is their use within Chiang Mai City. The third
stage is to designate the system and construction.
“The transport will not be a sky train because people will
protest against it,” said Chiang Mai Mayor Boonlert Buranuprakorn, “The
study will decide whether it will be a railed electric car or not.”
Some routes for the electric tramcar service include tambon Mae Hia (Night
Safari area) to International Conference Center in Mae Rim, and Chiang Mai
International Airport to Chiang Mai Railway Station. Other routes will head to
the inner city area like Night Bazaar and Thapae.
Wiang Haeng residents give coalmine go-ahead
It is estimated that sixty percent of local people in the
Wiang Haeng district in Chiang Mai have given approval to the Electricity
Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) for an open cut coalmine covering 3,500
rai in tambon Saen Hai and tambon Piang Luang.
Speaking at a meeting of the Wiang Haeng Mine Development
Project Cheewin Panunt, chairman of Wiang Haeng District’s Village Headman
Club, said less than 10 percent were against the plan, while another 20 percent
According to the local people, they have resisted for four
reasons: fear of losing arable lands, fear of being removed from their areas of
residence, lack of concern about the coal supply of the nation as a whole, and
fear of the negative impact from the coal mine, said Burapa Mahaboonyanont,
former Chiang Mai Provincial Election Commission member. “We have to admit
that ways of publicizing facts and information about the mining excavation were
inadequate for the local people,” he said.
Making information about the open cut mining known,
especially the positive potential development, was the most significant measure
in building people’s confidence about the project, according to Deputy
Governor Thongchai Wongrianthong. “To make people understand the difference
between the Wiang Haeng coal mine and Mae Moh power plant is also important
because most people fear they will suffer like Mae Moh people.”
The main obstacle to the subcommittee’s work, which
focused on evaluating the Social Impact Assessment (SIA) and Environment Impact
Assessment (EIA) was non-participation of some NGOs and local people, said
Aphiwat Kunarak, director of the Environment Office Region 1. “They were
invited to join the subcommittee and they refused, but now are objecting to the
The protesters group used the Community Forest Act as the
core of their opposition to the project, while the subcommittee insisted that
the coal mine covered only state properties, including forest areas, military
areas and some recently announced as a national park.
The Wiang Haeng District Development Plan under supervision
of the subcommittee and support of EGAT focuses on development on the seven
fields of tourism, environment, education, public health, religion and culture,
occupational promotion and plan administration.
The SIA and EIA, which concentrate on public participation,
were being carried out by the Language and Culture Research Institute, Mahidol
University and the Engineering Service Center of Engineering Faculty, Chiang
Mai University respectively. After the study, local people will be allowed to
make input on the study to measure whether they want the coal mine or not.
Wiang Haeng district contains an estimated 20 million tons
of coal to supply the country for 20 years and help save the country about 15
billion baht on buying energy from other countries. This coal resource is
planned to be used as the main fuel for Mae Moh power plant in Lampang.
The coalmine is expected to be excavated in the year 2008,
on condition it gets SIA, EIA and local approval.
Training needs in Greater Mekong sub-region to be ascertained
Mae Fa Luang University has cooperated with the Labor
Skills Development Department to produce research on training needs in the
Greater Mekong sub-region (GMS) and the Chiang Rai border area.
Five groups of academics have worked in Kunming, Myanmar,
Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and many areas in northern Thailand to collect data
from top administrators, academic institutions, entrepreneurs and workers.
According to Dr Preecha Uppayokin, lecturer at Mae Fa
Luang University, the researchers discovered that each country had a high
demand for skills development for laborers in technology, information
technology, electrical engineering, construction and handicrafts.
A presentation of the final research results will be held
in January next year to disseminate the information to the general public.
Meanwhile, a curriculum for the Greater Mekong sub-region laborer’s skills
development will be drafted.
For further information on the research and presentation,
contact Dr Preecha Uppayokin at 0-5391-6305, 0-5391-6113.
Chiang Mai Journalists Club donate to Mae Hong Son villagers
Thani Suwattana, president of the Chiang Mai Journalist
Club, and 100 journalists donated clothes, blankets, sport equipment and
dried foods to hill tribes and local people in tambon Mae Ou-Kor, Khun Yuam
district in Mae Hong Son.
Saeliew (left), deputy president of the Mae Ou-Kor Tambon Administration
Organization; Sornchai Prasart (third right wearing eye glass), director of
the Ban Mai Pattana School; and Saksit Meesubkwang (fourth right) from
Chiangmai Mail, at Ban Mae Ou-Kor.
Thani said that the club received a request from the Mae
Ou-Kor Tambon Administration Organization to donate clothes and other
necessities to hill tribes and local people in the area. Many residents of
Mae Ou-Kor village need clothes and blankets during winter.
The Chiang Mai Journalist Club has been in existence for
over six years. During this time, it has supported many needy people,
including the abandoned elderly, as well as children of hard-pressed
journalists. Financial support is given according to requests made to the
The trip to Mae Ou-Kor to assist the locals also provided the journalists
with the opportunity for a field trip. After making the donation, they
visited the Bua Thong Flower Field and other tourist sites in Mae Hong Son.
Over 50,000 tourists visit Bua Tong Flower Field
Over 50,000 Thai and foreign tourists have visited the
Bua Tong Flower Field in Khun Yuam district, Mae Hong Son since the
beginning of November when the flowers began to blossom, according to
Surapol Sattayarak, Khun Yuam district chief officer.
Bua Tong flowers on 5,000 rai are waiting for tourists to visit. The Bua
Tong Flowers will be in full blossom until the end of December.
Despite it being the start of winter, the temperature at
Bua Tong Flower Field has been very pleasant, according to the tourists.
“The Bua Tong will be blossoming beautifully until the
end of December and this year’s flowers are much prettier than in previous
years,” Surapol said. “The annual Bua Tong Flower festival earns the
local people about 200 million baht,” he said.
Tourists could be assured of their security as the
police, soldiers and security officers of Khun Yuam District Municipality
would be on patrol on a 24-hour basis, according to the district chief
Other interesting tourist sites in Khun Yuam are the World War II Museum,
Mae Su-rin Waterfall and hill tribe villages.
Men enter priesthood to make merit for the King
On November 20, 78 men entered the monkhood to make merit
for His Majesty the King on the occasion of his 77th birthday. The
ordination ceremony was held at Wat Phra Singh temple in Chiang Mai.
The ordination to honor the King was held simultaneously
in every region, making a total of 546 men nationwide to undergo the
ceremony of devotion to honor the King.
novices in procession after the main event.
The main objectives of the ordination are to allow Thais
to show their loyalty towards the monarchy, make great merit for his
auspicious birthday, and to promote tradition and religious beliefs among
This nationwide ordination has been supported by the 33rd
Army Region, Ministry of Interior, Community Development Office, Crown
Property Bureau, Chiang Mai Cultural Office, Chiang Mai monks, Chiang Mai
Municipality, Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), Chiang Mai’s Helping Hand
community radio station, DTAC and UCOM.
The 78 Chiang Mai monks will stay at Wat Ram Pueng in Chiang Mai until
Remaining Loy Krathong Program 2004
Saturday, November 27
3 p.m. – 10 p.m. Lanna art show, traditional art show
and competition at Three King’s Monument
3 p.m. – 10 p.m. Walking Street on Ratchadamnern Rd.
and Three King’s Monument
3 p.m. – 10 p.m. Cultural fair at Thapae Gate
6 p.m. – 12 p.m. Large Krathong competition of which
the winner will be awarded a Royal Cup on Ratchadamnern Rd. and in front of
the Municipal Office
7 p.m. – 12 p.m. Yee Peng Beauty Queen Contest and Yee
Peng Junior Beauty Queen Contest (final round) at Thapae Gate
8 p.m. – 12 p.m. Lantern and fireworks show in front of
the Municipal Office
9 p.m. – 10 p.m. Light and sound show on the floating
podium in front of the Municipal Office
Thailand snubs world body by holding horticultural fair
The Agricultural Department is to organize the
“Ratchapruek 2006: International Horticultural Exposition for His Majesty
the King” without the administration of the International Association of
Horticultural Producers (AIPH) after it had allowed China and Malaysia to
arrange the same horticulture fairs before the Thailand dates.
Chaiwat Wattanachai, director of the Agricultural
Research and Development Office, Region 1, said Ratchapruek 2006 will take
place at tambon Mae Hia, in Chiang Mai’s Muang district from November 1,
2006 to January 31, 2007. The main objective will be to honor His Majesty
the King celebrating his 80th birthday and to mark his status of “Father
of Thai Agriculture”.
“The government has earmarked almost 1.5 billion baht
for the event,” said Chaiwat.
After the Department of Agriculture resigned from the
AIPH on September 23, the AIPH demanded 20 percent of the fair
organization’s insurance money (2,100 euro - 110,000 baht) from Thailand.
However, Thailand has refused to pay as it has pulled out of the world body
in protest against the AIPH’s actions in allowing China and Malaysia to
hold the same event during the same period.
Two suspected murderers arrested
Two alleged gunmen, Sirichai “Mac” Ruensai, 41, and
Punkaew Pohmmalar, 51, have been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Gen Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya (left), commissioner of the Provincial
Police Bureau Region 5, with the alleged gunmen at a press conference.
Sirichai was arrested at Chiang Mai’s Arcade Bus
Terminal while he was preparing to leave Chiang Mai on November 17. Punkaew
was arrested a day later at his house in Pasang district, Lamphun.
The two allegedly killed 50-year-old Narong “Daeng”
Funmoon on November 13 while he was sleeping at home in tambon Nambor Luang,
San Pathong district. Narong was a skilled sculptor and a village volunteer.
He was well loved by his pupils and the villagers.
After Narong’s killing, his relatives petitioned the
police to arrest the murderer and provided some useful clues. Police from
the Chiang Mai provincial police station worked in cooperation with the
Provincial Police Bureau Region 5 in collecting evidence. The police
surmised that the motive for the murder was Narong’s conflict with a local
villager, and that the two gunmen had been hired to kill him.
“The two gunmen denied the accusation, but the police
were sure the evidence they had was enough to take them into custody,”
said Pol Lt Gen Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, commissioner of the
Provincial Police Bureau Region 5.
The two gunmen have been previously arrested on charges of murder,
illegal possession of weapons and drug-related offences, but successfully
defended the charges in court.
Forestry police to sue Thanathorn orange orchard for encroachment
But gives them two months advance notice?
The Forestry Police have gathered 90 percent of the
evidence and documentation needed to sue the Thanathorn orange orchard in
tambon Monpin, Fang district, Chiang Mai within the next two months.
Thanathorn orange orchard is alleged to have encroached onto 618 rai of the
national reserved forest.
This was announced by Pol Maj Gen Sawek Pinsinchai,
commissioner of the Forestry Police. He admitted that the police had faced
many obstacles in getting cooperation from other associated organizations
during the collection of evidence.
“Other orange orchards are being investigated now,”
said Pol Maj Gen Sawek. “Any entrepreneurs who would like to invest in any
land should check carefully whether it belongs to the state or not,” he
We all sit in the same boat
The hills are alive with the sounds of - globalization!
During the international conference “Impact of
Globalization, Regionalism and Nationalism on Minority Peoples in Southeast
Asia” held at the Amity Green Hills Hotel in Chiang Mai on November 15-17,
some 300 participants experienced a fantastic show of co-operation and
elders bless the conference. (Photo by Autsadaporn Kamthai)
Supported by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Canadian
Embassy in Bangkok, the high-powered event was co-organized by Dr.
Kwanchewan Buadaeng from the Social Research Institute, Chiang Mai
University, and Dr. Don McCaskill from Trent University, Ontario in Canada.
The conference successfully aimed to strengthen future collaboration between
scholars, government officials, NGO’s and ethnic minorities in Yunnan/China,
Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
There were 60 papers read as part of an academic forum
presented in panel discussions, round table sessions and workshops. The
keynote address from Prof. Charles F. Keyes, Department of Anthropology, and
University of Washington, went into that difficult question of what
globalization, regionalism, and nationalism really mean, highlighting the
case of Thailand and Vietnam.
As an example of the ongoing Mekong Project, Prof. Liu
Jinrong, School of Ethnic Culture, Yunnan Nationalities University examined
the impact of the hydropower station of Nuozadu Town in Lancang Lahu
Autonomus County in Yunnan’s Simao Prefecture. There, three large villages
will be submerged to give way to a dam that will be 10 times larger than the
natural Dian Lake in Kunming.
Prof. He Shaoying and Miss Luo Ping, Yunnan Nationalities
University introduced the concept of theme parks to promote Dai Park in
Yunnan’s Xishuangbanna. Five villages are incorporated in a kind of
paradise on earth to showcase and preserve Dai culture with nearly 2 million
visitors expected annually.
On the second day of the conference, there was an
afternoon joint academic and indigenous people’s forum on rights and
policies, where two independent researchers from Chiang Mai gave outstanding
presentations. American Ken Kampe cited a catalogue of complaints by hill
tribe farmers towards the policies of their respective governments, such as
no consultation, no progress, poor policies, rampant corruption, no
dialogue, and violent confrontation. American Ron Renard reported about his
recent visit to Kokang and Wa States, a region in Myanmar, which wants to
eradicate opium production in 2005.
Besides a small GMS Photographic Exhibit and documentary
film presentation, was another interesting session on modernity and
marginality moderated by Prof. Tsing Yuan, History Department, Wright State
University, Ohio, USA, when two Australian researchers presented the case of
the Akha people of Northwestern Laos. Prof. Paul T. Cohen and Chris
Lyttleton, Department of Anthropology, Macquarie University, Sydney argued
three issues in connection with road construction and massive Chinese
immigration, namely a rising social engagement, health and AIDS problems.
The conference closed with a memorial lecture for Dr. Peter Hinton
(1939-2004), an Australian field researcher on the Karen in Thailand during
the 1960’s. Dr. Anthony R. Walker, Associate Professor of Anthropology,
and Sociology, University of Brunei Darussalam underlined the importance of
the vision that Lahu and Karen are close to being brothers of the same clan,
going back in history. And was this not what was the conference all about?
We all sit in the same boat, when it comes to globalization and the path of
destruction of our environment.
American charged with illegally entering country
Further investigation ongoing into more serious allegations
An American charged with entering and living in Thailand
illegally has been accused of seducing young Thai girls to have sex with
Peter Ramon Jwaller, 36, was charged on November 16 after
Mantana Tansupan, a teacher of Nong Thong Wittayakom School in Hang Dong
district called on police to investigate him.
Jwaller was suspected of seducing young female students
to have sex with him, according to Mantana. He would leave notices at many
public telephone boxes and school notice boards saying he was looking for
good-looking female friends aged under 15, for whom he would give free
Jwaller had done this for a long time and his behavior
seemed dangerous for the female students, said Mantana.
Police questioned him and found that he did not have a
visa. The police therefore charged him with illegally entering the kingdom.
However, the police are further investigating the allegations made by the
teacher and the school authorities.
Three overseas tourists robbed on same night, shaming Chiang Mai
Three foreign tourists were robbed by gangsters on
November 17, with the potential of giving Chiang Mai a bad reputation as the
tourism peak season starts.
Annelaure Tavernier, a 36 year old French tourist was
robbed at 1 a.m. on Kotchasarn Road Soi 1 in tambon Chang Klan while she was
on her way to visit a friend, Gan Neval, who lives at Pim Apartment on
Annelaure told the police at Muang district police
station the thief was about 30 years old, 165 cm tall and wore a black
T-shirt and jeans. The thief was riding an unregistered motorcycle, and
snatched her shoulder bag from her. Annelaure lost 1,100 baht in cash, a
digital camera, international driving license and an electric torch.
Julia Stenhouse was robbed on the same day by four
thieves while she was on her way to her guesthouse. The first two thieves
riding a motorcycle stopped her while the other came up. They robbed her at
knifepoint. She tried to run away but the thieves grabbed her around the
neck and pressed the knife to her right arm. She lost 200 baht in cash, two
mobile phones and important documents. Her arm was slightly wounded.
An Australian tourist, Rachelle Anderson, 19, was robbed
on Thapae Road Soi 4 in tambon Chang Klan. Rachelle was wounded as four
thieves slashed her right hand. She had to be taken to Maharaj Nakorn Chiang
Mai Hospital. It was reported that she had one tendon severed and she had to
Rachelle lost 4,000 baht in cash, her passport, ID card
and other important documents. She said she had been encircled by the four
thieves on two motorcycles. The thieves tried to seize her bag from her but
she resisted. As a result they slashed her hand with a knife.
Pol Maj Gen Jiruj Prommobol, commander of Chiang Mai
Provincial Police Division, instructed the police to arrest the culprits as
quickly as possible as “their actions destroy Chiang Mai’s image as a
tourist city”. Meanwhile, Pol Lt Gen Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya,
commissioner of the Provincial Police Bureau Region 5, ordered police in
Chiang Mai and other northern provinces to keep a watch for gangs of thieves
during this high season, and to increase security for all tourists.
As these three tourists were all unaccompanied females,
perhaps a warning should be issued by the authorities before the situation
gets out of hand.
Dormitory fire near CMU causes estimated 0.5 million baht damage
A fire broke out in Room No. 403 at Sujaritkul dormitory
next to Chiang Mai University (CMU) in tambon Suthep on November 17, causing
damage estimated at half a million baht.
look through the room after extinguishing the fire.
According to reports, two Chiang Mai Municipality fire
trucks rushed to the scene to extinguish the flames, but as it took 30
minutes for them to arrive, everything in the room was destroyed.
Firefighters battled for another 30 minutes before they brought the fire on
the fourth floor under control.
Three CMU students are reported to have lived in the
room. Officials were unable to ascertain the cause of the fire and forensic
police have been asked to investigate.
Jaroon Sujaritkul, 65, the owner of the dormitory, said
the fire started about 10.30 a.m. when most of students were at lectures. He
only noticed the fire after one tenant on the fourth floor raised the alarm.
Following the fire, some tenants were considering moving out because they
are afraid the building may collapse.
Auto theft gang arrested in Chiang Mai
Five suspected gang members were arrested on November 17
in Uttradit in connection with swindling vehicles from their victims.
Gen Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya (first right in uniform), commissioner of
the Provincial Police Bureau Region 5 observes the five swindlers, one of
which is Assadang Pol-in (seated right).
Chalom Yoosri, Thanita Chan-im, Pranee Lamyai, Wasinee
Longkhathorn and Assadang Pol-in were arrested through teamwork of the
Provincial Police Bureau Region 5, Ban Thi district police station and
Uttradit provincial police station.
Two victims, Chatchawarn Ing-maenamtar and Boonsri
Kittipanya, notified police that their secondhand Toyota and Mitsubishi
pickup trucks had been sold to the gang who used fake documentation to buy
them. The gang then disappeared without paying any installments. Khan
Chantapoon was reported as the purchasing agent.
It was later ascertained that the cars were sold to
middlemen on the black market in Myanmar via Mae Sod district, Tak province.
Chalom and Thanita got the orders to procure cars from
someone known as “Hia Sui”, who gave the gang financial backing. These
two would send accomplices to dupe sellers of secondhand vehicles in Lamphun.
The gang members confessed that they had been doing this
for over two years.
Pol Lt Gen Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, commissioner of the Provincial
Police Bureau Region 5, said that the police had to trace the source of the
fake documents to check whether any administrative officials or police were
involved. The Provincial Police Bureau Region 5’s E-COP computer system
will be used in the investigation procedure.
Police apprehend Hong Kong smuggler and intercept Thai Yai traffickers
A Hong Kong man, Yong Hang Wai was arrested in Mae Sai
district, Chiang Rai while attempting to smuggle 68 measures of heroin
weighing 350 grams.
The 20-year old Yong was arrested by the special task
force of 3rd cavalry department, Pha Muang Task Force and police of Mae Sai
District Police Station which set check points at Ban Tham Pla, in Mae Sai
district. The heroin was found hidden inside his shoe.
Yong confessed that he bought the heroin from Chinese Hor
and Red Wa people in Tachilek Burma for 500 baht each measure. He told the
police that he had intended going back to Hong Kong.
This was the second time that he came to Thailand to buy
narcotics, according to Tong. His first smuggling attempt was successful
because he swallowed the narcotics.
In the second case, three Thai Yai, holding Burmese
nationality, tried to cross the Sai River into Mae Sai district, Chiang Rai
with a sack containing 40,000 tablets of ya ba.
The special narcotic suppression police of Chiang Rai
Provincial Police Station, special task force of the 3rd Cavalry Department,
Pha Muang Task Force found them during their patrol and called on the three
Thai Yai suspects to stop.
However, they were armed and fought back, and the police
and soldiers had to defend themselves. After the gunfire died down one of
the three suspects was found dead while other two had fled.
The police found they had left the sack with ya ba, plus
firearms and the ID card of the deceased drug runner. It turned out that the
dead man was a member of Red Wa network, for whom the police had many arrest