Public busses create little stir
Despite the hype, the first use of the new busses on a
school route provoked little interest. Chiang Mai municipality got tired of
waiting for permission from Chiang Mai land transport office and the
municipality therefore provided busses under a program named “Safety
School Bus” by running on Charoenprated Road to relieve parents of the
burden of escorting children to school on a road which has seven schools
located on it.
public so far is not interested in public transportation.
However, the busses did not create much interest, as the
bus route had not been used in Chiang Mai for almost ten years. Previous
school passengers having graduated from university by this time. New
students were wary, and some residents are afraid of accidents similar to
one that happened in Bangkok recently, when a passenger was crushed. It
looks as if promotion and assurances about the safety of public
transportation will have to be undertaken for the timid.
Chiang Mai municipality should consult with school administrators and
teachers to promote the service to students and parents. There would be
questionnaires to seek the opinion of teachers, parents and students, to
improve and plan for better service, and reassure the parents. This is
expected to be finalized on June 9.
Cyclones and mudslide warning
Soonthorn Rewluang, director general of the Department
of Disaster Prevention, Ministry of Interior, said that a depression
having moved over central and eastern parts of the country, the
south-west monsoon would arrive over the Gulf of Thailand, causing heavy
rain in all regions. Low pressure over the Andaman Sea could also well
develop into a cyclone, which would be expected to move north.
The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation
is warning people living in villages at risk, or on mountain ranges, to
beware of mudslides, particularly in the following provinces: Mae Hong
Son, Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Tak, Kamphaengphet, Nakhonsawan and Uthaithani,
central provinces; Ratchaburi, Phetchaburi and Prachuapkhirikhan and
southern provinces; Ranong, Phang-Nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun.
“However, to prevent loss of life and possessions,
the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has established
Centers in 12 areas and offices in 75 provinces to keep a close eye on
developments. These offices will also inform residents immediately and
move them to safer areas if necessary,” said Soonthorn.
Garlic farmers do not favor free trade
Garlic farmers from seven districts in Chiang Mai again
gathered at Chiang Mai City Hall to appeal to the government to solve the
low price of garlic, and to control the import of the agriculture product.
farmers gather at Chiang Mai City Hall to request the government purchase
garlic at a reasonable price.
On May 17, almost 1,000 farmers from the seven districts
Mae Ai, Fang, Chai Prakan, Wiang Haeng, San Sai, Mae Chaem and Mae Taeng,
led by Thongsuke Booddee, president of Mae Ai Garlic Farmers Cooperatives,
gathered at city hall to request the government purchase their fresh garlic
at 12 baht per kilogram, and at 25 baht for dry garlic.
Moreover, as the government has supported a factory for
garlic powder and pill production, the farmers requested the government find
markets both at home and overseas and to support the circulation of money,
including the cancellation or adjustment of the free trade agreement with
Kwanchai Wongnitikorn, Chiang Mai deputy governor, consulted with the
farmers to find a method of dealing with the problem. (We wish him luck.)
Alien business runs
up against the law
Pusadee Wattanapanich, head of Chiang Mai’s Provincial
Business Development Office, said that the Department of Business
Development, Ministry of Commerce, (responsible for alien business as per
the Alien Business Act 1999), received petitions about alien businesses
avoiding alien business status by letting Thai citizens be nominal
This process is undertaken to avoid requesting alien
business permissions, because they might think it was too complicated. Using
nominee nationals as shareholders would result in three years imprisonment
or a hundred thousand to a million baht charge as a fine, and both Thai
shareholders and aliens would be prosecuted.
The Department of Business Development said that any
alien business could run a legal business in Thailand if it registered
legally as per the alien business law. The process of applying for the
permissions was not difficult as there are officers to give advice.
However, (confusingly) an alien can run other businesses
which are not listed in the Alien Business Act 1999 with Thai citizens
becoming majority of shareholders.
Raid on teenage
drug distribution venue fails
Leak in police department suspected
Pol. Lt. Col. Hanchai Rattanakit, deputy investigation
superintendent of Provincial Police Bureau Region 5, led a squadron in
cooperation with Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office officials, to
check an entertainment place in Charuen Muang Plaza on Charuen Muang Rd.
Chiang Mai. There had been more than 200 teenagers gathered there but,
amazingly, almost all had decided to go somewhere else by the time the
officers arrived. Only 60 youngsters were checked and only two returned a
positive purple drug sample.
It was assumed that an administrative officer informed
the proprietors or had entered ahead of the other officers and warned the
teenagers. Police are now also looking for a leak, purple or otherwise, in
This entertainment place reputedly stays open until 4
a.m. every day and many teenagers frequent it. It is rumoured that
government officials are involved who left after being informed of the raid
and before being arrested.
Thai workers to be evacuated from the Gaza Strip before July
Israel has decreed to move Jews out of the Gaza Strip and
the West Bank before October 3, 2005. Meanwhile, the Thai government plans
to move Thai laborers away from there before July, and requests the
laborers’ relatives to persuade them to leave that area to prevent
Orachorn Ratanamanee, head of Chiang Mai Employment
Office said, “The Department of Employment has learned from the Thai
Embassy in Tel-Aviv that Israel has withdrawn occupancy from Gaza and the
West Bank, and their PM has commanded Jews to leave that area from July 1
until October 3, 2005. The government will force people there to move out
and now the government is negotiating with 800 Jewish families to leave
Guhkatif and is negotiating recompense with 600 Jewish families, while
another 300 families refuse to move.
Consequently, the Thai government wants to transfer Thai
laborers from Guhkatif, the most risky area, before July, while waiting for
the approval of 4.7 million baht funding for the transfer process.
Chiang Mai Employment Office requests relatives of the
laborers who work in Guhkatif to persuade them leave the risky area or
travel back to Thailand to save their own lives and possessions. The
laborers are able to inform the Thai Embassy in Tel-Aviv or their employing
companies if they decide to leave the area, and relatives can ask for more
information by calling 0 5311 2742 and 0 5311 2745-6.
Ya ba usage up –
raising serious concerns
Napa Rangsiwearote, director of Northern Drug Dependence
Treatment Chiang Mai, said there were 480 patients receiving treatment at
the center, and while the total was lower than last year, the percentage of
ya ba users was higher, with 60 percent of them addicted to ya ba and 30
percent alcohol-related problems.
In previous years, alcoholic patients were the majority,
especially adults between 35 and 40 years old. She added that the number of
ya ba patients might have increased because more of them are being arrested.
To treat patients, the center depends greatly on the
patients’ adherence to therapy. There are several clinics available giving
advice to the patients and projects for treatment at community level are
being initiated. Two projects have been started at Baan Mae Hak in San Sai,
Chiang Mai, and the third will be implemented in July.
Police investigate Phrao district chief officer
On May 17, Pol. Col. Suthep Koohawilai, inspector of
Kranuan Police Station, Khonkaen traveled to Chiang Mai to inform Adul
Songchaikul, Phrao district chief officer, that he was investigating
land transfer deals when Adul served on Srichang Island in Srichang
Adul Songchaikul had been the head of Srichang
sub-district, September 13, 1987 to May 22, 1990, and approved land
title documents for residents in Srichang sub-district, but it later
appeared that the land was public or government services land. This had
resulted in a court case which has been dragging on for more than 10
years. Adul and other officers concerned were accused of misdeeds,
resulting in police officers from Khon Kaen traveling to Chiang Mai to
further investigate the chief officer. Adul said that he was not afraid
of the investigation and was willing to cooperate.
Pol. Col. Suthep Koohawilai said that he would not
comment on this issue as he was aware of larger issues. However,
Kwanchai Wongnitikorn, deputy governor of Chiang Mai, said that it was
not an arrest, but only an investigation about the land document
approvals during the time Adul was on duty in Srichang. He would
continue to work as Phrao district chief officer for the time being.
Adul had only just become Phrao district chief
officer two weeks ago after moving from Doi Tao, Chiang Mai.
Motorcycle taxi rule implemented in Chiang Mai
After the government finally realized that many motorcycles
were being used as taxis throughout the country and that this business had
become a way for gangsters to extort money and control motorcycle taxi drivers,
the government decided that the answer was to implement rules for motorcycles
taxis, forcing the riders to register the motorcycle, and obtain proper
for hire at Arcade terminal bus station.
On May 24, Autsathai Rattanadilok Na Phuket, head of Chiang
Mai provincial transport office, reported that after a recent survey there were
53 places hiring out 1,045 motorbikes in Chiang Mai. As required by the Auto Act
number 13, 2004 ratified on May 11, 2005, motorcycle taxi riders must have a
hire license and the bikes must be registered as a public vehicle (yellow
license plate). In return, Chiang Mai provincial transport office provided
training for riders to take necessary exams for public vehicle driving. Those
who passed the training and received the license were legally able to work as
hired motorcycle rider.
This rule has to be implemented within 120 days from May 11 to September 7,
2005, and if it appears that private motorcycles are taking passengers, it will
be deemed illegal. Vehicles have to be strong and safe, and have to install
supplies for passenger safety such as foot rests, chain covers, side and back
handles and install an exhaust cover.
Seminar held on
registering alien laborers
Local laborers petition government for a better deal
Chiang Mai employment office and the Public Relation
Office Region 3 Chiang Mai organized a seminar on the alien labor law,
presided over by Orachorn Ratanamanee, head of Chiang Mai employment Office
at the Chiang Mai University. She revealed that there were 79,614 registered
alien laborers, with 48,000 on the waiting list. There were three
nationalities allowed to register, Burmese, Laotian and Cambodian.
Ratanamanee, head of Chiang Mai employment Office.
She said that alien laborers that needed jobs could
register at Chiang Mai employment Office between June 1 and September 30,
2005, and the laborers that already had jobs, could renew their permits from
June to September, 2006.
Both alien laborers and employers could register in time,
but failing to do so would lead to prosecution. If it is found that
employers employ illegal laborers, they would be prosecuted with sentences
of three years imprisonment and a fine of 60,000 baht. Those who offered
accommodation to illegal laborers would be subject to five years
imprisonment and a fine of 50,000 baht; and those who import illegal
laborers would be subject to imprisonment for 10 years with a 100,000 baht
On the same day, the Northern Thai Labor Network gathered
to present a petition concerning health, safety and welfare support of Thai
laborers to Suwat Tantipat, Chiang Mai governor, and PM Thaksin Shinawatra.
Nakorn Mukura, head of Chiang Mai Provincial Office of Labor Administration
received the petition on their behalf.
Ratchanee Nilchan, representative of the Northern Thai
Labor Network said that there were six kinds of workers represented,
services, contractors, tribesmen, political refugees, those affected by the
longan factory explosion, and farm laborers. Even though these laborers
received small incomes, they had supported their families’ economy
including social and national economies. The petition requested Public
Health officers to be responsible for the health of workers, especially
providing specific experts that could diagnose diseases and apply
appropriate measures for each community, provide a system to verify
standards of health service organizations and support safe work places to
reduce occupational conditions affecting workers health.
Nakorn Mukura said he would present the petition to the governor, asking
him to deal with the requests but there were some aspects of the petition
matching what government is doing, so he expected that these requests would
Major human smuggling gang arrested
Pol. Maj. Gen. Thong-in Harnpajonsuek, from Mae Hong Son
Province, revealed that on May 18, the arrest of a gang illegally smuggling
alien workers was the biggest ever. The gang used motorcyclists to let them
know if they spotted police checkpoints, and sometimes bribed officers if
necessary. The laborers were transferred to Chiang Mai, Chonburi, Phuket and
Maj. Gen. Thong-in Harnpajonsuek, police commander of Mae Hong Son Province.
The gang was arrested by officers led by Pol. Capt.
Somsak Tadang, head of Mae Hong Son. The officers had information that there
would be illegal immigrants crossing the Thai-Burmese border at Baan Na Mone
in Shan State, Burma. They would then be loaded into pick ups, passing Mae
Hong Son-Khun Yuam on superhighway 108.
The police set up a checkpoint at Tambon Huay Pong and
stopped four suspicious motorcycle riders. The four riders were not allowed
to call the pick-up drivers, who then blithely arrived at the checkpoint.
The police arrested Nipon Methisantikul, 40, from Mae
Hong Son, Uthid Sangkaw, 27, from Chonburi and Supakit Padoongkit, 26, from
Mae Hong Son and confiscated the three pick ups, four motorcycles, 49,690
baht and three cell phones.
43 adults and 4 children were sent to Mae Hong Son Police Station for the
prosecution process. The commander added that the smuggling mastermind’s
possessions would be seized immediately after the arrests.
Temple dog-killer apprehended
Burmese laborers not guilty
The pursuit of the temple dog slayer has continued
unabated since the Lanna Dog Rescue, Chiang Mai, said that they had found
the remains of several slaughtered dogs in a grove behind Don Chan Temple at
Tambon Thasala in Muang, Chiang Mai.
Initially the accusatory finger was pointed at Burmese
laborers, but finally, police arrested Nateng Jongkahm, a Tai tribesman, 34,
living at Baan Don Chai. He was a driver for the temple’s abbot and was
arrested while working in Baan Don Chai.
Nateng admitted that he had killed the dogs because they
were unmercifully harassing his pigs. He informed the lady who fed the dogs,
but she had sympathy only for canine animals, not porcine ones.
His pigs being chased and their flesh torn by a pack of
slathering dogs rankled with the man, so finally he decided to end it and
used a robe to strangle the dogs and then killed them and, remembering
‘waste not - want not’, grilled their bodies.
Sanya Sookrasorn, law consultant of Thai Animal Guardians
Association, but apparently indifferent to the fate of pigs, said that he
was satisfied with the dog-killer’s arrest but, according to Thai law, he
would only be fined for the offense although his act was very ruthless.
Sanya said, “A dog is a friend of man and he has
similar mentality to humans, so Thai laws should be adjusted to punish
violent people who hurt animals, to prevent this kind of killing.”
Hepatitis A spreads
in Chiang Rai and Lampang
Hepatitis A is spreading in Wiang Pa Pao and nearby
districts, resulting in many villagers contracting the disease; with Dr.
Somboon Panwong, director of Wiang Pa Pao Hospital, confirming that the
disease exists throughout the areas.
Dr. Thepnaruemit Methawin, head of Chiang Rai Provincial
Public Health Office, and the disease control department officers and
Lampang campus epidemiologic science staff, have assisted Wiang Pa Pao
Hospital by sharing Hepatitis A information.
Dr. Somboon revealed that the disease had been spreading
rapidly in Wiang Pa Pao district while there were 200 patients in Mae Suay,
Chiang Rai with the disease, and 10 patients being treated at the hospital.
There were also 120 victims found in Wang Nua district, Lampang, near Wiang
Pa Pao, and meanwhile six or seven hospital staff were also infected.
He added that Hepatitis A was first seen in April in some
persons and mistaken for hemorrhagic fever, due to unconfirmed blood
testing. The disease probably incubated during that period until it grew
fully in May, and spread rapidly throughout the three districts.
“Those who are infected with the disease will become
jaundiced, have fever, stomach ache, frequent diarrhea, resulting in
debility lasting about two or three days. Hepatitis infection comes from
consuming unclean water, but does not generally cause death.
However, Wiang Pa Pao Hospital and epidemiologic science
staff have contained the disease and are encouraging the villagers to drink
and eat clean hygienic food to prevent Hepatitis infection.
Chiang Mai province provides budget to help handicapped
Kwanchai Wongnitikorn, deputy governor of Chiang Mai,
chaired a meeting amidst Crippled Life Development Chiang Mai
sub-committees, and managed to gain approval for a loan for 52 handicapped
people who had applied for funds for wheelchairs, at 20,000–40,000 baht
per person, a total of 1,480,000 baht.
There were 928 people asking for loans, while the entire
fund was 18 million baht. Development of facilities for the handicapped is
under the responsibility of the Social Development and Human Security Office
of Chiang Mai, and 11,214 handicapped people registered as poor citizens on
April 30, 2005. On that day, the office also ran a program for supplying
wheelchairs and organized a seminar concerning the rights of handicapped
persons. Volunteers will be trained in June this year to collect information
on the handicapped in every area and to survey their needs.
Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health reports 60 DHF patients
Dr. Surasing Wisarootratana, deputy head of Chiang Mai
Provincial Public Health Office ran a seminar on the prevention of Dengue
Haemorrhagic Fever (DHF). He reported that the DHF situation in Chiang Mai
has so far affected 60 patients (from January 1-May 17), and one patient
has died. However, Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health in cooperation with
municipalities and other sectors had campaigned on how to prevent the
disease and gave knowledge to the public to look for mosquito larvae in
“There will be teams provided by Tambon Administration
Organizations, district Public Health and health centers attempting to
control the disease by calling at 1330 or 0 5321 1048 # 104, with 24 hour
cover,” he said,
He added that May 23-29 was a campaign period, and
Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health cooperated with sectors concerned and
had organized a project of “Hands and Hearts Sharing to Prevent
Hemorrhagic Fever 2005” and there would be training sessions for
volunteers before the rainy season.
Phayao to present development plans to mobile cabinet meeting
Opening door to Indo-China a priority
Baworn Rattanaprasit, Phayao governor, revealed that the
Phayao province development plan would be presented to PM Thaksin Shinawatra
at Naresuan University during his visit to Phayao on June 13-14.
The plan includes 1. To develop monkey cheek water
systems in six water basins to keep water for consumption, especially for
agriculture. (Monkey cheek is a watery area, similar to a dam)
2. To approve the Thai-Laos border becoming a permanent
open area, because Laotian government has authorized the Laotian border as
an international barrier.
3. To improve efficacy of tourism in Phayao, in aspects
of both nature and history.
4. To construct a transportation route link between
Phayao–Chiang San, Chiang Rai to open a door for Chinese goods and
5. To solve the problem of agricultural land in protected
forests, to prevent residents losing their land.
“However, above all, the plan to open the door to
Indo-China is most important at this time,” he said.
He added that all plans would be ready a week before the
meeting, and would be presented to the PM and his cabinet. Each district
will be offered the opportunity to define problems to present to the
government. These plans were 60 percent ready, and he had already assigned
the Phayao Provincial public relations office to promote these plans in time
for the meeting.
debris found in Lamphun
Lamphun Provincial Administration Organization (PAO) has
prepared a team to investigate ancient remains of a yet unknown age that
were found by the Fine Arts Department in Pasang district, Lamphun. They are
rock pedestal debris and ancient Chinese porcelain, awaiting attestation.
The Lamphun Provincial Administration Organization has
recently approved 5 million baht for digging, decorating and resting ancient
places at Kaw Klang Temple, Tambon Baan Ruan in Pasang, Lamphun. This
project is carried out after a handicraft-culture route has been approved as
a heritage listing.
The Fine Arts Department has found many rock pedestal
piles, decorated with beautiful art, as well as Chinese porcelain, Buddha
images and a wall, all buried underground.
The officers of Fine Arts Department said that it would
become one of the protected ancient places in Lamphun, and predicted that it
might have been flooded and used to be a waterway. However, the age is yet
to be confirmed.
Samarn Chompoothep, president of Lamphun Provincial
Administration Organization said that it was one important discovery and was
predicted to be of national importance. Several experts are investigating
the ruins and a conference will be organized to inform about the ancient
43 illegal alien workers arrested. Some as old as three months!
On May 15, Pha Muang Task Force, being responsible for
the Thai-Burmese border in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, to prevent drug
smuggling and illegal immigration, learned there was a group of aliens
trespassing illegally into Thailand, passing Baan Nongklang and Baan
Arunothai at Tambon Muang Na in Chiang Dao, Chiang Mai.
alien workers fleeing from Myanmar arrested in Chiang Dao, Chiang Mai.
A brief search soon turned up the caravan. Police finding
43 Tai tribesmen holding Burmese nationality (14 men, 29 women), four
children and two babies aged 2-3 months. The task force arrested them all
and sent them to police in Chiang Dao, Chiang Mai, for prosecution.
One of the illegal workers said that he was aware he was entering
Thailand illegally, but had no choice because there were no jobs in Burma
and they had neither money nor food. He said that he hoped Thai officers
would not send them back to Burma as they would be punished severely.
Battles were also raging between the Burmese government and minority groups
such as the Tai tribe and Karen Ka Ya, causing the villagers to flee as the
Burmese army would conscript men and boys over 10 years old to become
carriers for the soldiers. They were summarily shot if they refused.
‘Abhakorn Day’ remembers Father of Royal Thai Navy
On May 19, the 82nd anniversary of Abhakorn Day was
celebrated, the anniversary of the death of HRH Prince Praong Chao Abhakorn
Kiettiwong Krom Luang Chumporn Khet Udomsak, known as the Father of the
Royal Thai Navy.
for the Father of the Royal Thai Navy, Krom Luang Chumporn Khet Udomsak in
Mae Rim, Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai province organized a remembrance ceremony at
Krom Luang Chumporn Khet Udomsak shrine, Tambon Sanpong in Mae Rim, Chiang
Mai, presided over by Capt. Chanchana Buathed, head of the Royal Thai Navy
Chiang Mai Seismic Research Station, Hydrographic Department. The ceremony
was joined by Cdr. Nawa Jeepetch, head of Voice of Royal Thai Navy Radio
Station 11 Chiang Mai, Northern Navy Club, and residents. There was a
ceremony to honor the soul of Krom Luang Chumporn Khet Udomsak’s, and
scholarships were presented to navy children.
Admiral Praong Chao Aabhakorn Kiettiwong Krom Luang
Chumporn Khet Udomsak was a son of H.M. King Rama V. He furthered his
education in England when he was 13 years old, and he graduated from the
British naval academy in 1917. He returned to Thailand and improved the
Royal Thai Navy continually in the aspects of naval protection and the
curriculum of naval students. He later became chief of naval operations and
requested permission from King Rama VI to set up a navy base at Sattahip Bay
in Chonburi, prior to it moving to the current base. He also established and
developed the naval air force.
He was also interested in traditional medicine, and
assisted many patients without expecting monetary rewards, and became known
as “Maw Porn” (Dr. Porn). Furthermore, he also composed songs
encouraging sailors to be brave and keep in unity.
In 1923, he was the Royal Thai Navy Commander in Chief, the highest
position in the navy at that time, but not for long as he became ill at
Tambon Haad Sai Ree, and Admiral Chumporn, passed away on May 19, 1923 when
he was 44 years old.
D-Day for SIM card registration is July 1
Kanawat Wasinsangworn, assistant to the minister of
information and communication technology (ICT), said that registration of
SIM cards would be implemented from July 1 onwards. Old SIM cards bought
before May 10, 2005, had to be registered before December this year, if not
they would be made inactive until the owner registered the SIM card.
phone SIM cards that will be registered according to the new rule.
Registration points are provided at six thousand tambon
administration organizations, one thousand municipalities, 800 district
offices, 57 area offices in Bangkok, 380 TOT service centers, 80 offices of
CAT Telecom Public Co., Ltd. and 1,177 post offices throughout the country.
Officers of Public Water Works, Provincial Electricity Authority, police
station, agent business and government officials throughout the country are
able to register at their offices.
There are 21 million old unregistered SIM cards. Registration forms are
simple, requiring name and family name, ID number or government official ID,
passport or other card approved by government, together with cell phone
number and a signature of the officer concerned.
dies in massage parlor
Johannes Delerlandone Maria, 58, a Dutch businessman died
in a massage parlor in mid-city Chiang Mai on May 19. He was apparently
accustomed to visiting this parlor for his massage but, on this day, after
just five minutes he convulsed and the staff immediately called a rescue
team to take him to hospital, but he was found to be dead on arrival.
It is suspected that a heart attack caused the death but
the body has been sent to Maharaj Hospital, Chiang Mai for an autopsy for
DJ dealing drugs
to youngsters arrested
Now he has to face the music
On May 19, police searched the condominium on Chareun
Muang Road where Nopadol (aka Noom) Wangkadilok, 33, from Pimai,
Nakhonratchasima was staying, and confiscated 13 ecstasy pills, 800
milligrams of ice, a set of drug taking tools, and 3,500 baht as evidence.
He was arrested and sent to Mae Ping Police Station for further prosecution
The police said that they had learned of a DJ dealing
drugs at entertainment places in Chiang Mai who persuaded youngsters to join
drug parties after work, where he sold ecstasy and ice to them. They had
been watching him for a long time until they were able arrest him in his own
condominium, and he, after interrogation, began to sing and confessed to all
Lurking police catch
thief stealing from parked cars
Having received many reports items missing from cars
parked at department stores, on May 12, Pol. Col. Yuthachai Puaprasert,
superintendent of Mae Ping Police Station, led a group of policemen to lurk
in the shadows at the Carrefour department store Chiang Mai branch parking
goods presented as evidence stolen from vehicles parking at the department
The officers became suspicious when they saw a man
driving a car around the car park, first surveying each car, then finally
breaking into a car, and taking out a bag before leaving the scene. The
officers blocked the thief and arrested him, finding many stolen items in
at the press conference in the Provincial Police Bureau Region 5.
Witthaya Kaewwichai, 59, living in Bangkok, was arrested
and a number of items were taken as evidence, such as tools, gold ornaments,
brand name wrist watches, a handbag with 43,450 baht, 7 bank account books,
4 ATM cards and a credit card, and much more booty.
Gentle interrogation elicited the information that he had done this
several times throughout department stores in Chiang Mai. He spent more than
five minutes each time, and would sell the items afterwards. Police are
continuing to investigate in case there are more such ingenious robbers.
Flying spark ignites building
Nopniwat Krailerg and
Chiang Mai municipality fire fighters were called out to
extinguish a fire blazing in a block building near a dormitory in Muang
district, Chiang Mai, with the usual crowd of gogglers in attendance.
survey the remains and estimate damage after the fire was controlled.
Sayam Raksawong, 36, owner of the building who lives in
Sampran, Nakhonpathom, told them that he had hired a welder, Sarawute
Suriyaboot, 24, to fix the roof of his block, resulting in a spark falling
down on a small thatched roof on another block, causing the fire to spread.
People in that area tried to extinguish the fire but could not control
it, so two fire engines were called to help and extinguished the blaze in 20
Four escaped desperados arrested
Four desperados who had escaped from incarceration were
all arrested by Region 5 police on May 20.
four criminals arrested by Provincial Police Bureau Region 5.
The first, Chat Pannitaman, 42, from Nan, was accused as
an accomplice in the killing of a police officer and the possession of opium
in 1990. He had escaped from Thawangpha Police Station whilst under arrest,
and hid in Hatyai district in Songkhla, but was located by Region 5
The second, Nopparat Thongyam, 30, from Chiang Rai, was
charged with possessing 10,000 ya ba pills and had escaped in Phuket.
The third villain, Chao Wangprachoom, 44, living in
Rongkwang district, Phrae, was accused of possessing ya ba and a weapon.
Phrae Provincial Police issued a warrant for his arrest on December 26,
2003, but he fled to Bangkok.
The fourth scoundrel, Jantip Pangsamai, 38, from Lamphun was charged with
raping his own underage daughter. Mae Tha Police Station issued a warrant of
arrest on December 2, 2002, but he escaped to Bangkok. These cases had been
transferred to Provincial Police Bureau Region 5 to pursue, which it seems
they did very diligently.
War on Drugs III well underway in Chiang Mai
Athacha Kampanad-sanyakorn, head of Drug Combat Center
Chiang Mai, said in a weekly conference that following the War on Drug III
policy, proclaimed from April 1 to June 30, police officers had pursued and
arrested drug dealers, paid close attention to entertainment places, and
took care of other related issues.
Backing up these claims, he said that April to June had
been an intensive period of arrests, resulting in a policeman from Mae Ai
Police Station being arrested; and finding 80,000 ya ba pills and 95,000
baht, but sadly, two drug dealers extra-judicially killed.
There were however, arrests in Fang district, and 10,000
ya ba pills were found, as well as one more arrest in Mae Taeng district,
and 79 ya ba pills and a gun were found. A dealer on the wanted list was
found in Mae Taeng but was killed. In the area of responsibility of
Provincial Police Bureau Region 5, police officers seized the possessions of
Sakchai Muangmala, valued at almost 10 million baht, properties in Lamphun,
3 million baht, 70 rai land in Lampang worth 7 million baht, and a car.
Moreover, border police in Mae Ai battled with two drug dealers, Adisak
Pinij, 37 and Supap Thongsuke, 36, while transferring ya ba, and found
10,000 ya ba pills including two weapons.
Nevertheless, Chiang Mai province will continue to wage
this new war against drugs until the end of June, as several plans are
afoot, such as the suppression or termination of both wholesale and retail
drug dealers who are on the waiting list of the officers, including officers
themselves involved in drug dealing, and a map is being produced of the
transfer routes both in the city and border areas. A meeting will be held
with administrators of each education institute to arrange the X-Ray of
students indulging in drugs and take them for rehabilitation. The owners of
400 dormitories in the city will be asked to pay much attention to the
residents to prevent drug spreading in the residences.
Another drug dealer’s
extra-judicial demise in Chiang Rai
May 20: Narcotic suppression officers killed a drug
trafficker near Mae Sai, Chiang Rai. Investigating officers and a doctor
visiting the scene found the bullet riddled corpse of Adul Tasake, 57, a Mae
Sai villager, lying on the ground while still holding a 9 mm pistol in his
right hand. A bag was found beside the body containing 30,000 ya ba pills
and a pick up was parked 10 meters away.
The narcotic suppression division had been informed of a
drug transfer and staked out the site until Adul drove into the area. After
the officers demanded a search of his vehicle, he shot at them at
point-blank range, and yet managed to miss every one of them. The police
returned fire from the same point-blank range and apparently managed to hit
their target several times.
A marine rescue team from Chiang Mai municipality and
another from the Ruamjai Foundation were called to rescue a man seen under
the Patan Bridge on Chiang Mai-Lampang Superhighway, nearby Lotus
After a 10 minute search with a milling crowd of ghoulish
onlookers, the three rescuers pulled a body ashore. A friend of the dead man
said that he was called Azu (family name unknown), 26, and was Burmese. They
lived in Klong-ngern community at Tambon Chang Puek in Muang, Chiang Mai,
and worked as plumbers.
On that day, after drinking they felt hot and decided to
swim in the Ping River under the bridge. Azu jumped in first and
disappeared. His friend then called the police. The officers thought that he
might have had a cramp as a result of alcohol and the heat. His body was
sent to Maharaj Hospital waiting for relatives to claim.