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Air pollution in Chiang Mai soars

Cable car string breaks before it gets off the ground

Water vending machines provided

World’s biggest pot of pork curry cooked in Chiang Mai

Third Army exercises held amongst Red Lahu tribe

Forest protection agency involved in logging

Treasury Department donates land for public parks

Chiang Mai gears up for Songkran MVA Festival

Chiang Mai Night Safari has sufficient water

Chiang Mai rehearses emergency situation

Chiang Mai Lanna Art and History Galleries to be built

Chiang Mai development plans unfold

Government under attack for failed bird flu policies

Mining company trying to evict families from their ancestral homes

Red minibuses keep rates down

Twelfth Christian conference to be held in Chiang Mai

Married couple arrested carrying ya ba pills

Pah Muang Task Force chopper down

Motorcycle bag snatcher fells Italian

Chiang Mai Immigration arrest 30 alien beggars

Another drug trafficker bites the dust

Karen Kaya tribesmen destroy Burmese army base

Lahu drug dealer killed in front of his family in Chiang Rai

Air pollution in Chiang Mai soars

Staff Reporters

In spite of a brief respite, after the first unseasonable rain fall, air pollution in Chiang Mai is rising to record and dangerous levels.

The standard maximum level of suspended particles is 120 micron/cubic meter, but after March 13, the dust level increased to 151.2 micron/cubic meter.

Even though a 24 hours Call Center has been established, few calls have been received as yet, except from foreigners who feel that nobody there understands them.

Apiwat Khunarak, director of the 1st Environment Office, responsible for the Call Center, accepted that even though the center has been established for little more than a week and citizens have accepted the service, it was found that the center needs to effectively manage several internal systems. Many foreigners called the center but officers didn’t understand what they were saying. He would present this issue to the Chiang Mai governor.

The call center telephone number is 053 890 000.


Cable car string breaks before it gets off the ground

Saksit Meesubkwang

Plodprasope Surasawadee, chairman of the special land management for sustainable tourism committee, revealed that he had stopped the construction project for the cable car at Doi Luang Chiang Dao, Chiang Mai. “After PM Thaksin Shinawatra claimed that there will be a survey made of Doi Luang Chiang Dao to develop and establish a tourism place by setting up cable car, resistance from NGO’s was received,” he said.

Bountiful natural resources and beautiful views - Doi Luang Chiang Dao.

Until 2004, he was going to employ an overseas company to survey Doi Luang Chiang Dao for five million baht; however, as he expected that NGOs might resist the project, he had to stop the project.

Doi Luang Chiang Dao, the third highest peak in Thailand, is rich in natural resources and attracts many tourists.

Nikhom Puttha, Thailand’s Northern Wildlife Fund coordinator and a member of the Doi Luang Chiang Dao protection group, gave thanks to the government for paying more attention to the importance of natural resources and lifestyles of local residents. If the project had been approved, he said, it would have meant that wildlife, forests and homes would be destroyed.

“Not only our organization, but many other organizations disagreed with this project,” he said. “We resisted the project, not for our own advantage, but for protecting national resources, so the government’s decision to cancel the project is the right one,” he added.

Nikhom Puttha said that after rumors spread about the Doi Luang Chiang Dao project, many visitors, interested in this issue, visited Doi Luang Chiang Dao to see the nature of it, bringing much more garbage to Doi Luang Chiang Dao. This showed that there was too much garbage even without the cable cars, but if the construction had occurred, garbage might have increased by several hundred percent.

However, March 26-27, the Rak Chiang Dao Club will pick up that garbage and destroy it, and the resistance parties will provide information to the public on March 30 at Baan Tharn Kaew in Muang, Chiang Mai, to asses their resistance process and give thanks to the government.


Water vending machines provided

Saksit Meesubkwang

The director of Chiang Mai Water Works Office proclaimed that the office has prepared sufficient water throughout the drought period and has provided water vending machines for residents. 230 million baht was spent on the machines that distribute 115 million cubic meters of water per day.

Thammasak Thiensawat, director of Chiang Mai Water Works Office area 9.

On March 15, Thammasak Thiensawat, director of Chiang Mai Water Works Office area 9 said, “There are two cisterns containing water for distribution in Chiang Mai. At present, Chiang Mai Water Works office provides 80 million cubic meters of water per day, and Chiang Mai residents use 60-70 million cubic meters. Water has been sufficient for people’s needs, but about 200,000 tourists travel to Chiang Mai during weekends, meaning that the water demand increases.”

The director added, “The Chiang Mai Water Works Office has a project for water production in the pipeline, and construction will start in April at Tambon Patan in Muang, Chiang Mai, budgeted at 230 million baht. It can produce 115 million cubic meters of water per day. This project has been undertaken because the number of residents living outside the city is increasing, and if water production remains at the same level, it will not be sufficient. Old pipes will be also replaced and expanded to reach every house.”


World’s biggest pot of pork curry cooked in Chiang Mai

Were there too many cooks for the broth?

Nopniwat Krailerg

On March 20, in the courtyard in front of the Three Kings monument, a huge two meters wide and one meter deep pot of Northern pork curry was cooked. The ingredients included of 700 kg of pork and entrails, 1,000 liters of water, 24 kg of ancient traditional Knorr flavoring cubes, and herbs. There were 20 cooks making the curry, following an ancient recipe of MR Thanatsri Sawatdiwat, a well known Thai food expert and employer of a large number of cooks.

MR Thanatsri Sawatdiwat, Weera Rojpojanarat, deputy permanent secretary of Ministry of Culture; Suwat Tantipat, Chiang Mai governor; Boonlert Buranupakorn, Chiang Mai mayor; and Yon Pokhasub, Unilever Best Food, cook the biggest pot of “pork curry”.

This program was initiated by Unilever Best Food, (who unsurprisingly produces the ubiquitous Knorr flavoring cubes), together with Chiang Mai province with profits from the sale of the curry plus 30 million baht from Unilever being donated to support schools in the South that were affected by the tsunami.

Many important gourmands joined the program, indicating the importance of pork barrel politics. These included MR Thanatsri Sawatdiwat, Weera Rojpojanarat, deputy permanent secretary of Ministry of Culture; Suwat Tantipat, Chiang Mai governor; Boonlert Buranupakorn, Chiang Mai mayor; Yon Pokhasub, of Unilever Best Food. All honorary guests including the wives of the Chiang Mai deputy governor and Chiang Mai mayor joined in the cooking, risking spoiling the broth.


Third Army exercises held amongst Red Lahu tribe

staff reporter

Baan Wanaluang at Tambon Tamlod in Pangmapah district, Mae Hong Son, was visited by Lt. Gen. Picharnmeth Muangmanee, the Third Army Region 3 Commander and his team to train the villagers on how to protect themselves against drug use and AIDS.

He said that the visit also aims to encourage the officers to sacrifice their time to teach villagers about preventing forest fires.

The result, said Lt. Gen. Picharnmeth, was satisfying because the villagers cooperated with the officers very well. Baan Wanaluang used to have a drug and AIDS problem but they have reformed. This village is an example for several other villages.

Most of the villagers of Baan Wanaluang are Red Lahu tribes, and have moved from Baan Sankamleu and Baan Yapahan. The government provided them with an area to make a living and to stop planting opium in 1986. Baan Wanaluang was established as a village under the care of Tambon Sobpong in 1999, transferred later to the care of Tambon Tamlod.


Forest protection agency involved in logging

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Or who will guard the guardians?

Saksit Meesubkwang

When villagers of Baan Pa Mawlaw, Mae Hong Son, reported that officers of the Forest Conservation Coordination Office were cutting trees in a forest nearby without informing the villagers, Saowarat Yimrungruang, Mae Sariang district chief officer rushed to the scene to investigate.

Somjit Netpradit, the head of Forest Conservation Coordination Office said that the building, for which the trees were cut, was an office of Mae Sarb Protected Forest Development Project, a Teak Breeding Center in Mae Hong Son, and that the governor allocated funds for it. The office is tasked with the process of forest prevention and renovation under the responsibility of Forest Prevention Coordination Office 2. The project was conceived to protect and conserve 1,000 teak trees in the forest.

A representative of Baan Pa Mawlaw said that on three previous occasions, men who claimed they were government officers cut trees, and told the villagers they were cutting them for constructing an office, not for sale. The villagers were afraid of losing their forest as the repeated tree felling, without notification, smelled of illegal logging.

In their opinion, the forest belonged to the local residents, as they had planted the trees themselves to show their admiration for HM The Queen, and for bountiful nature.

The representative added that there were many government officers from the police and army transferring teakwood during weekends, and some police offered to pay wood transporters 5,000-10,000 baht per time. They could transfer the teakwood without fear of apprehension as they were part of a network of police and army officers.

There is no one protecting the forest, said the villagers, as apparently government officers are themselves involved.


Treasury Department donates land for public parks

Look out for one popping up near you

Nopniwat Krailerg

Prinya Panthong, vice governor of Chiang Mai selected land and signed a contract to set up public parks, courtyards, art galleries and libraries within and outside Chiang Mai Municipality.

Surapong Suksurat, Chiang Mai treasury officer, said, “To expand green nature areas throughout our country is a cabinet resolution, and therefore the Treasury Department is donating seven plots of land.” The funds for construction will come from the local administration organization.

A property at Tambon Sriphum will be set up as an art gallery, courtyard and library. A public park will be set up at Tambon Thungtom in Sanpathong district, a courtyard at Tambon Nakawkreu in Hod, a public park, courtyard and library at Nongpeung in Saraphi, a courtyard at Tambon Mae Fagmai in San Sai, a public park, courtyard and library at Tambon Chaisatan in Saraphi, a public park at Tambon Chang Peuk in Muang and a courtyard and public park with 76 kinds of trees in front of Chiang Mai’s 700 Year Anniversary Stadium.


Chiang Mai gears up for Songkran MVA Festival

Nopniwat Krailerg

On March 20 Suwat Tantipat, Chiang Mai governor, chaired a Chiang Mai Road Safety Center (RSC) committee meeting to find methods to prevent or reduce traffic accidents during the Songkran festival.

Government and private sectors brainstormed for hours and came up with five innovative and unusual strategies, such as enforcing traffic laws, promoting driving skills, solving traffic jams, providing emergency medical services, and assessment reports. There will be an administration center for road safety at city hall on March 31, coordinating the five strategies.

The Chiang Mai governor said, “During last year’s Songkran festival, there were 15 deaths and 1,705 injuries from traffic accidents. We are expecting to minimize deaths and injuries as much as possible this year by establishing service centers at all villages to watch for breaches of traffic laws. Also, there will be 50 checkpoints on the main routes. We request residents to cooperate with us by paying attention when traveling and to welcome tourists with warmth, impressing them by splashing water gently, for the sake of Chiang Mai’s good image, and for encouraging Songkran traditions to be upheld forever.”

Whilst these are all noble sentiments, sentiments have precious little effect on Thailand’s abysmal road toll figures, being some of the worst in the world. Chiangmai Mail pointed out last year that since the majority of fatalities result from motorcycle accidents, influenced by alcohol, and the majority of deaths arise from motorcyclists without adequate helmets, there are two obvious areas to start any campaign.


Chiang Mai Night Safari has sufficient water

Excavates 15 artesian wells and constructs reservoirs

Staff reporters

Udomporn Anutwong, director of Administration in Conservation and Management revealed that water supplies for the Chiang Mai Night Safari are sufficient, and it is predicted that 1,000 cubic meters of water would be used per day.

Several sectors were anxious about insufficient water, but Udomporn confirmed that water would be sufficient because the Department of Groundwater Resources has excavated 15 artesian wells. All groundwater wells could pump up to 95 cubic meters of water per hour; therefore, the safari would not face drought, even though these wells could pump only 16 hours a day.

“15 groundwater wells are surely sufficient for all water-related activities used in the safari park, without taking water from any other nearby area,” Udomporn claimed.

In spite of the new measures, there will also be a reservoir holding water taken from the artesian wells, and the park will receive cooperation from the Irrigation Department by laying pipes from the canal to the area. Furthermore, public water will support the Night Safari park by distributing water to the project.


Chiang Mai rehearses emergency situation

False rumors about an impending earthquake spreading in Chiang Mai

Nopniwat Krailerg

Amid growing but unfounded rumors of an impending earthquake, Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat has ordered the Office of Public Disaster Prevention and Relief, other departments concerned, volunteer rescue teams and emergency doctors to get ready for emergency situations.

Firefighters at Kad Suan Kaew Department store perform well during the mock rescue operation.

The Kad Suan Kaew Department Store was selected to be an assumed disaster scene because it is a high building and has many visitors each day.

Governor Suwat said, “This training was successful, and people have now practiced dealing with emergency situations. We will rescue people in high buildings by helicopters belonging to Wing 41 and the border police. As for those on lower levels, we are preparing giant air cushions to cushion their fall. All sectors are getting along well, instruments are ready, and all processes are on time and in order. Even though there is no earthquake expected, natural events are unpredictable, so it is better to be prepared.”

Can we now all rest easy in our beds?


Chiang Mai Lanna Art and History Galleries to be built

Chiang Mai Municipality to spend 120 million baht

Nopniwat Krailerg

An area of two rai behind the Three Kings Monument that used to be a residence of the prosecutor, will be converted into the Chiang Mai Lanna Art and History Galleries, said Suwaree Wongkongkaew, head of Support and Development of Chiang Mai Municipality Works. The government has authorized 120 million baht for this project, and construction is expected to be completed in 10 months.

An area behind the former city hall is to become an art gallery.

The two galleries feature the city’s early stages, the lifestyle and history of the past 700 years. Opposite the Three Kings Monument is a district court building that will be converted into a Lanna Art Gallery as a local museum. The city History Gallery is located near the Art Gallery, and both historical issues complement each other.

History buffs say that the area used to be the prosecutor’s residence, and an ancient city wall has already been found next to it. It is expected that more ancient artifacts will be unearthed, so some historians are saying there should not be any building constructed in that area.


Chiang Mai development plans unfold

New airport for Chiang Mai province in Lamphun

Saksit Meesubkwang

Dr. Surapol Kadchamat, director of the National and Regional Planning Bureau, said that in order to develop Chiang Mai province as a center of tourism and trade, a new airport is needed. The new location will be in Baan Thi, Lamphun, and a ring road will be constructed to link with the airport.

By doing so, the local industry in Lamphun would also benefit greatly. Furthermore, a new road from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai via San Kampang would be built, passing Mae Aon sub-district and Lampang. The initial plan was to renew the existing Doi Saket route, but local residents objected.

A seminar on regional and national plans was organized to draft a vision of development. The development plan covered the best use of public utilities in all areas.

At the same meeting, Suwat Tantipat, Chiang Mai governor, informed those present that Chiang Mai would enlarge Huay Kaew Road by three meters on each side, at a cost of 120 million baht, to reduce traffic congestion.

Traffic jams during the weekends occur regularly from Kad Suan Kaew to the Phucome intersection, as many tourists like to visit the Kruba Sriwichai Monument and Doi Suthep.

The plan is also to beautify the road with trees and flowers, “to make Chiang Mai green and beautiful.” To further develop the city and roads would not only to create a positive image of Chiang Mai, but also impress visitors and tourists, said the governor.


Government under attack for failed bird flu policies

Deaths could exceed the millions lost in World War 1, say academics

Saksit Meesubkwang

Bird flu, according to Prof. Pongsak Angkasit at a public veterinary health convention held with Chiang Mai University on March 11, has damaged Thailand’s economy, exports, and the well-being of its citizens, especially farmers. It might spread wider than expected, and humans would die in numbers compared to lives lost during World War I. Dr. Pongsak is president of Chiang Mai University.

Prof. Dr. Pongsak Angkasit, president of Chiang Mai University.

Vet. Dr. Darunee Thatsuwan, main coordinator of the Office of International Education (OIE) and National Bureau of Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards (ACFS), explained that bird flu is also known as virus H5N1, a type of influenza virus in a species of Orthomy xoviridae.

Public Veterinary Health Regional Institute holds a bird flu discussion at Chiang Mai University.


Mining company trying to evict families from their ancestral homes

Illegal land title presumed issued by influential persons

Saksit Meesubkwang

Farmers from Tambon Bawkaew in Samoeng, Chiang Mai, have lived on and farmed their land for countless generations, regularly paying taxes to the government. Now I.T.C. Mining is trying to evict them from their 35 rai of rice paddy.

Thanakorn Pramoonpol, assistant to Chiang Mai’s governor, receives the petition.

They claim that no land was sold to anyone but the company is still trying to clear them out and previous petitions to the court and the PM have met with no success. Now, led by Surachai Tawbeu, they are trying one more time with a petition to the Chiang Mai governor.

They requested that a committee be set up to establish truth of how I.T.C. Mining obtained the land title although the residents never sold land to any company. They wish to find the persons who issued the title and ask that they be punished for so doing.

Ownership of the land should be withdrawn from the company and title granted to the long-time residents. They demand that all these requests should be answered within 10 days - if not the residents would take action to receive justice.

Thanakorn Pramoonpol, assistant to Chiang Mai’s governor, met with the protestors and received the petition on the governor’s behalf.

It has now been discovered that the owner of I.T.C. Mining, Sawang Amornwiwat, just happens to be a relative of former police commissioner, General Sawat Amornwiwat and a member of this family is the MP of Chiang Mai area 9.


Red minibuses keep rates down

Nopniwat Krailerg

Singhkham Nunti, the president of Nakorn Lanna Transport Cooperatives, told Chiangmai Mail on March 22 that transportation on red minibuses will not cost more, despite the rise in fuel costs.

Singhkham said that after the cabinet decided to increase the cost of diesel fuel by three baht, effective from March 22, vehicle owners and especially the 2,700 red mini bus drivers will be affected.

Red minibuses in Chiang Mai will not raise prices … for now.

However, Nakorn Lanna Transport Cooperatives confirms it will maintain the former rate of 10 baht as long as possible because it understands that people would have a difficult time if prices were raised.

To help stave off some of the costs, the 1,000 co-op drivers will consume Bio-Diesel provided by PTT and Bang Chak gas stations. They also will receive a 50 satang (half a baht) discount per liter.

However, if the government adjusts upwards by another two baht later this year, the red minibus co-op would need to review and may adjust the rates, but to not more than 12 baht. There is no member of the cooperative who could increase the fee unilaterally, he added.


Twelfth Christian conference to be held in Chiang Mai

Staff Reporters

Chiang Mai is preparing to welcome Asian leaders for the 12th Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) entitled “Building Communities of Peace for All”, March 31-April 6 at Pang Suan Kaew Hotel, Chiang Mai.

The Presbyterian Christian Church of Thailand is the host for the conference, held for the first time in Thailand. There is a conference every 5 years hosted by different member countries of the CCA. Chiang Mai is selected to hold the conference due to the community of Presbyterian Christians and its renowned provincial environment. It is expected that there will be 500 attendants.

CCA was established in 1975 at Parapat, Indonesia under the name of “East Asia Christian Council” (EACC) and it was formally promoted in May 1959 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and later changed to CCA, in June 1973. At present, CCA consists of Presbyterian Christians or Protestant organizations from 18 different countries in Asia. The head office is located in Hong Kong. The administration committees and executives manage the CCA by using three ministries: 1 Faith, Mission and Unity, 2 Ecumenical Formation, Gender Justice and Youth Empowerment and 3 Justice, International Affairs, Development and Service and many more special activities.

The title of this conference matches the target of World Christian Council (WCC) that campaigns on the issue of Decade to Overcome Violence, and matches that of the United Nations (UN) “Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World”. Therefore, the conference of CCA is a reflection of sharing cooperation of Asian Christians to find methods to make peace for the world.


Married couple arrested carrying ya ba pills

Saksit Meesubkwang

After our last expos้ of the drug trade, it appears that underwear and bras are now no longer the hiding places of choice for drug traffickers, having been replaced, at least temporarily, by loudspeakers.

Pol. Lt. Gen. Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya (left), commissioner of the Provincial Police Bureau Region 5 at the press conference.

Revealing that their information came from the customary tip-offs, Pol. Maj. Gen. Manoch Cholwisit, commander of Phrae Provincial Police, and his team arrested Anan Hiranyarak and Suwannee Saekho on March 21.

The couple were apprehended at the Nang Fah checkpoint in Song district, Phrae while in the process of transferring 60,000 ya ba pills inside loudspeakers from Tambon Thaton Mae Ai, Chiang Mai, to Chonburi. Mobile phones, golden necklaces and 57,000 baht in cash were also confiscated.

The married couple admitted that they had done this three times already as they could sell one to two thousands pills a day in Pattaya.


Pah Muang Task Force chopper down

Numerous injuries

Saksit Meesubkwang

On March 20, soldiers of the 241st Cavalry Battalion, Pha Muang Task Force, flew in to relieve soldiers along the border. During the flight, a dense fog rose and the pilot, due to limited vision, lost control of the helicopter.

Rescue workers transfer the injured to hospital.

Soldiers on duty in Fang rushed to the rescue in two more helicopters. The rescuers needed to rappel down 300 meters and searched for two hours for the injured. Fortunately there were no deaths but there were 10 soldiers injured, three of them seriously.

It is presumed that the helicopter’s load was too heavy, and the old equipment made it difficult to maneuver in bad weather conditions.


Motorcycle bag snatcher fells Italian

Petty theft increasing as Songkran approaches

Saksit Meesubkwang

On March 16, a 56 year old Italian (who preferred not to give his name) was approached by a man riding a motorcycle who snatched his bag, felling him in the process. The police quickly radioed ahead to set up road blocks but the thug bag-snatcher was not apprehended.

It has been reported that pick-pockets and snatch and grab thefts are increasing in Chiang Mai, especially during the season approaching the Songkran festival.

Pol. Lt. Gen. Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, commissioner of the Provincial Bureau Region 5, is sending 300 additional police officers on to the streets to look for and suppress crimes. He will consult with the commanders of the eight northern provinces, as well as with the superintendents of each police station, as to how to prevent, save and secure the lives and possessions of residents and visitors during the Songkran festival. There will be blood alcohol level checks on motorcyclists and cars on every main transit route. Police with and without uniform will be deployed and the drug transference issue will be concentrated on during the festival.


Chiang Mai Immigration arrest 30 alien beggars

Laboring layabouts lurk in grove

Nopniwat Krailerg

A grove near Ruam Choke market was found by immigration officers to conceal a group of illegal immigrants from Burma who, failing to find work, were begging around Chiang Mai, bothering tourists and giving the city a poor image. Thirty adults and children were arrested.

It is thought that they may have been supported by extorting labor agents. Evidence also exists that some of the child beggars have been deliberately mutilated to increase their pathos.

Pol. Col. Piroj Phraesakul, superintendent of Chiang Mai Immigration Office said that they suspect a gang of human traders who steal and mutilate children. Police are cooperating with Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai hospital to check DNA, and if children are found with DNA not matching their purported parents, the adults will be prosecuted for human trading.


Another drug trafficker bites the dust

Nopniwat Krailerg

The usual tip off led to the Third Cavalry special task force stopping a mounted motorcycle with two men on board. Before the officers could search the suspects, one of them fired shots and the usual fusillade of bullets was returned, leading to the expected death of one trafficker, the escape of the other and leaving arresting officers, unscathed.

The dead man was identified as Sansern Fai-auer living at Baan Hong Hae in Mae Sai.

Also recovered were ya ba pills of various colors, heroin and 500 baht cash.

Pol. Maj. Gen. Jamnong Kaewsiri, commander of Chiang Rai Police Station, informed the press that there has actually been a decline in drug transfers along the border of Chiang Rai because of suppression tactics. However, small groups were still operating. Hill tribes have helped to identify transfer points and times, he said.


Karen Kaya tribesmen destroy Burmese army base

Saksit Meesubkwang

Armed Karen Kaya forces attacked the Burmese army and soldiers of the Red Star Troop and, using an ancient Fu Tze strategy, separated the enemy’s forces and attacked the Red Star Troop whilst ambushing other Burmese armies reconnoitering near by Yamu base leaving many dead and injured.

The leader of Karen Kaya reported that it was meant to be a counter attack against both the Burmese and the Red Star who had earlier unsuccessfully attacked the Karen Kaya Yamu base using heavy weaponry, mortars and field artillery.

The Karen Kaya Deputy leader revealed that they would soon attack the agriculture area of the Red Star as a ya ba production factory was in production in that area, and would also attack the food route of the Burmese army. He added that the Kaya would not cease their attacks until they had driven the hated Burmese army away from their Yamu base. It was predicted there would be a big battle on March 27 as this will be Burmese Force Day.


Lahu drug dealer killed in front of his family in Chiang Rai

Staff reporters

A Lahu hill tribesman was killed in the city of Chiang Rai while shopping with his wife and child at a market there. It seems that he was on a drug dealer’s list, as well as a police blacklist.

Pol. Maj. Somchan Purimsak, duty inspector of Muang Chiang Rai Police Station, was informed on March 21 about the shooting on Trairat Rd., opposite the residence of Chiang Rai’s provincial education officer. The police rushed to the scene and found the body of Lahu hill tribesman Jaju Jahae, 47, lying dead, having been shot by a .38 revolver. The body was riddled with five shots, showing those who perpetrated the crime did indeed want him dead.

Eyewitnesses informed the police that Jaju was driving a truck with his wife and child to do some shopping at the market, but when crossing the street after parking his truck, a gunman, with his face covered by a black mask, shot him. He died immediately at the scene.

Jaju was on the police blacklist for drug dealing. Police will investigate the reason behind the shooting, and try to find the man behind the gun.



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