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HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

Happy Birthday to HRH Princess Chulabhorn

Pai River dredging still unfinished

TBC meeting resolves little

Burma retaliates to Thai arrests

Army claims Mae Hong Son now 60 percent alien

Is your microwave oven leaking?

Exempted products warehouse for Ratchaphruek

Local business leader calls for change of mindset

Miss Chiang Mai then and now

Varee Chiangmai School triumphs in 5th Water Rocket Competition

Old stars hold fascination for young people

Alien residents accused of drug dealing sue TAO member

Big bust clinic busted

Thai-Laotian border human traffickers hide in villages

Drug smuggling surrounds Thailand

Laotian arrested smuggling protected wild insect remains

Swipe card merchant swipes untold thousands

Drug dealer takes ‘Care’ but gets killed

Happy Birthday to HRH Princess Chulabhorn

The Chiangmai Mail joins the Kingdom in humbly wishing a Happy Birthday to a most remarkable person, HRH Princess Chulabhorn.

A gifted scientist Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn inspects one of the Royal Projects.

HRH Princess Chulabhorn visits the Chulabhorn 36 Marine Project whose main objective is to conserve environment and marine natural resources.

by Peter Cummins,
Special Correspondent , Chiangmai Mail 
Photo courtesy of the Bureau of the Royal Household

Born on July 4, 1957, Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn is the youngest daughter of Their Majesties King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit of Thailand and herself has two daughters, the princesses Siribhachudhabhorn and Adityadornkitikhun. 
Princess Chulabhorn graduated from the Faculty of Science and Arts at Kasetsart University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organic Chemistry, First Class Honours, in 1979, following with a doctorate in 1985, being awarded a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Organic Chemistry from Mahidol University in July of that year, capping off a record of excellent academic achievement. 
In 1986, she was appointed as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in London and was awarded the Einstein Gold Medal by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). 
The following year, she undertook Post-doctoral studies in Germany, and has since been a visiting professor at universities in Japan, Germany, and the United States, as well as holding Honorary Doctorates from nine universities around the world.  
Her Royal Highness is chairperson of the Working Group on the Chemistry of Natural Products collaborative program between the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science and the National Research Council of Thailand. 
The Princess has received international recognition for her scientific accomplishments, resulting in her appointment to various United Nations posts, namely special advisor to the United Nations Environment Program and member of the Special High-Level Council for the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction of the United Nations.
 As a result of her experience as a scientist, the Princess became aware of the difficulties Thai researchers have in obtaining the necessary funding for their research and so, in 1987, she established the Chulabhorn Research Institute to provide a new fund-raising agency for such research. 
This institute now acts as a focal point for the exchange of intellectual and other resources in Thailand, for the purpose of solving urgent problems confronting the country in areas of health, environment, and agriculture. 
As president of the Chulabhorn Research Institute, the Princess currently directs five special research projects; the AIDS program, a programme on restoration and integrated development of the flood-affected areas in Southern Thailand, seawater irrigation for cultivation of economic marine species and preservation of the mangrove forests, a rabies eradication programme, with a special project for accelerated immunization in five southern provinces in Thailand.  
Through these programs the Princess plays an auspicious role in improving the environment and living standard of the villagers in a number of Thai provinces. 
One of the vitally-important duties the Princess has undertaken in the immediate past, has been the establishment of the Ban Namsai Community Project, to assist the victims of the 2004 Tsunami, by applying the expertise of the biotechnology and sea life experience of the Department of Sea and Coastal Resources, of the Chulabhorn Research Institute, to alleviate the suffering of the people affected, by this freak of nature.  

On the occasion of HM the Queen’s sixth cycle, seventy-second birthday on 12 August, 2004, and the third decade of the 30th anniversary of the founding of the diplomatic relations between China and Thailand, the Princess Presided over and presented Third Thai-China Relationship Concerts in October 2005 at different locations in the Kingdom.
 Last year, on her fourth cycle, forty-eighth birthday, the Princess delivered the address, Innovative Scientific Paradigms in Cancer Chemotherapy, aimed at supporting researchers and scientists at the highest levels of Biomedical and Life Sciences in Thailand.
The honoured Innovative Scientific Paradigms in Cancer Chemotherapy speech for HRH Princess Chulabhorn was held for the third time.
The Chulabhorn Research Institute, in collaboration with the Royal Thai Ministries of Health and the Environment, held a broad-ranging Technical Subjects Meeting on the Environment of Asia and the Pacific, held in Manila, December last year. Representatives of many Asia-Pacific countries, vitally interested in the affects of waste, pollution and other toxic substances on the environment and health, contribute to this important area of human development. 
More recently, (just last week, in fact), the Princess delivered the keynote address to participants at the Fifth International Symposium on Chromatography of Natural Products, at the Polish Academy of Science and the Phytochemical Society of Europe, held at the Medical University of Lublin, Poland. 
But, probably one of the most outstanding events in the life of this talented and hard-working Princess – especially in view of the 60
th anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol’s accession to the Thai Throne, being celebrate this year – is the day, some 16 years ago, when she went to Cambridge, near Boston, Massachusetts.  
Cambridge is generally known as home of the prestigious Harvard University. But for the Thai people, the name of the city also brings a special warm feeling, for it is where the country’s beloved Monarch was born. When Princess Chulabhorn visited the city, it was more than a personal sentimental visit to her father’s birthplace. It was an official occasion of pride and was joy both for Thais and for the citizens of Cambridge: the inauguration of the King Bhumibol Square in honour of “Baby Songkhla”, as His Majesty was identified on his birth certificate at the Mt Auburn Hospital in 1927, when his father Prince Songkhla was a medical student in the United States. 
The city of Cambridge passed a resolution, “by acclamation” to dedicate “King Bhumibol Square”, in recognition of the King’s birth in Cambridge, as well as to acknowledge his world-renowned achievements and dedication to the welfare of the Thai people. - as was overwhelmingly demonstrated by the huge number of royal guests who came to Thailand to honour our King, earlier this month.  Hundreds of Thais and Americans crowded in to the new Bhumibol Square, to witness the event and the street sign reads: “King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Born December 5, 1927, Mt. Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, Massachusetts.” It also bears the “tri-couleur” of the Thai flag.
The Princess then delivered a speech to thank the city of Cambridge. The square, she said, was more than a reminder of His Majesty’s birth because it also embodied the common goals of both countries to work the benefit of humanity.
Thank you Princess Chulabhorn for your own lifetime of dedication.
All of us at the Chiangmai Mail join the whole Kingdom in wishing Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn a Most Happy 49
th Birthday, on the fourth of July, 2006.


Pai River dredging still unfinished

Flood and mudslide in Muang district and market in Pai district last year. (file photo)

Saksit Meesubkwang
Last year, much damage and subsequent losses occurred after the Pai river changed its course. After this, it was decided that dredging would be the answer, but on June 22, Direk Konkleeb, Mae Hong Son Governor inspected the dredging operation at the river Pai, and found that it was not finished, and it was doubtful if the dredging would be completed before the wet season set in.
He now believes that the province has to seriously plan for evacuation in case of flood and mudslides, especially in Pai district, and Pang Ma Pha district where rescue personnel are limited. The province has planned for shelter, food, and clothes for victims of disasters but they cannot predict when these will occur.
After issuing these dire warnings, the governor hastened to reassure tourists that they need not fear and can still visit as usual.


TBC meeting resolves little

Chiangmai Mail Reporters
At the regular conference of the Township Border Committee (TBC) at Tachilek, Thai officials asked for cooperation from Burmese officials to search for a mother and her son who were residents of Mae Chan district and were captured by unknown military force on June 20.
The Thai officials raised the matter of the abducted pair after the Burmese representative claimed that Thailand has trespassed 22 bases. They also asked about the abduction of 17 Burmese people in Muang Tum, knowledge of which was denied by Col. Somsak Nilbancherdkul, speaking for Thailand.
The matter of reducing border forces was not resolved but an agreement not to increase them was reached. Thai officials also thanked their Burmese counterparts for providing facilities to nine Thai people who had gambled, won and then lost, when they were arrested in Burma. but were later released.


Burma retaliates to Thai arrests

Chiangmai Mail Reporters
Burma has seized and restricted Thai products being transported through Tachilek into Burma. It is believed this is in retaliation for Thailand’s arrest of some Burmese laborers. Thai merchants are afraid of losing their livelihood.


Army claims Mae Hong Son now 60 percent alien

Corruption allowing it to happen

Forest nearby the 7th Infantry Regiment was trespassed by 25 households of these alien laborers.

Khajohn Boonphat
The 7
th Infantry Regiment claimed that illegal aliens smuggled into Mae Hong Son now form 60 percent of the province’s population and this has caused security problems. They blamed administrative officers for failing to control the excessive numbers of Burmese entering the city. They said that at least 1,500 illegal immigrants a month were smuggled through Mae Hong Son to Chiang Mai.
Lt. Col. Pongmit Pinpankong, of the 7
th Infantry Regiment said many Burmese citizens who were smuggled into Thailand were mostly commercial immigrants and not escaping battles in Burma at all. He claimed that 100,000 of the 220,000 residents of Mae Hong Son were Burmese alien workers and only 50,000 were refugees.
They lived in farms and orchards belonging to Thai citizens, in border ranges, hills and forest. They stayed in Thailand and despoiled food, resources, carried diseases and were prone to criminal behavior and recently it was found that immense area of valuable water source forest had been destroyed.
Most importantly, it was discovered that alien workers living at Tambon Na Poo Pom, Pang Mapha in Mae Hong Son had, all undetected, cut trees over 10,000 rai of land although this area was a protected water source forest (A Ozone area). It this is not solved, it will affect the eco-system in the long term and Thai citizens will face a drought.
An officer revealed that female alien workers at Huay Pok Jan did not work legally at all, but cut teak in a forest near the village. Meanwhile, women went out to steal agricultural products from Thai residents to sell in the fresh market of Mae Hong Son municipality. Some village, headman kept alien workers for their own benefit.
Higher level officers had several times been informed but ignored the mater so acting officers became demoralized and some even began to associate with agents transferring alien workers from Mae Hong Son to Chiang Mai.


Is your microwave oven leaking?

Preeyanoot Jittawong
Currently there is no regulation controlling microwave ovens in Thailand but the Department of Medical Sciences, Ministry of Public Health is to adopt the US Microwave oven standard 21 CFR 1030.10, U.S. Food and Drug Association.

Thammarat Boonsoong of the Regional Medical Sciences Center, Chiang Mai.

Regional Medical Sciences Center, Chiang Mai is warning people that pulses from leaking microwave ovens could conceivably cause skin cancer, if the dosage was high enough, over a long period of time.
Thammarat Boonsoong, a medical researcher of Regional Medical Sciences Center, Chiang Mai warned electromagnetic pulses are created within the oven. If any part of the oven leaks these pulses can then escape. In most countries regulations are in place to ensure ovens do not leak and severe penalties are imposed on oven manufacturers if they do.
The Regional Medical Sciences Center, Chiang Mai provides a free microwave oven checking service. If people gather more than 10 microwave ovens in one place, the center will send officers to provide the service on site. It will take approximately 15 minutes to check each oven. For more information, contact Regional Medical Sciences Center, Chiang Mai, Tel. 0-5311-2188 – 90 Ext. 105 or 502.


Exempted products warehouse for Ratchaphruek

Nopniwat Krailerg
An “Exempted products warehouse for Ratchaphruek” has been set up by the Customs Department and the Department of Agriculture on 470 rai of the Royal Research Center, Tambon Mae Hia, in Chiang Mai.

Adisak Srisanphakit, Director General of Department of Agriculture and Dr. Sathit Limphongphan, Director General of the Customs Department.

Dr. Sathit Limphongphan, Director General of the Customs Department said that the Customs Department and Department of Agriculture signed an arrangement for the International Horticultural Exposition Ratchaphruek 2006 at the Royal Research Center, to benefit domestic and foreign organizations that are part of the product exhibition.
Exemptions from taxes and duties will be offered by the Customs Department for domestic and foreign organizations who bring anything involved with the “Exempted products warehouse for Ratchaphruek”.
However, there is a condition that those products have to be re-exported from the kingdom within 60 days from the end of the exhibition (the last day of the Ratchaphruek 2006 is January 31, 2007).


Local business leader calls for change of mindset

By Murray Dickson
The Managing Director of Horeca Supply Company, Rudy van den Berg has urged business leaders throughout Northern Thailand to change their mindset and become more Pro-active in developing our region.
Rudy van den Berg says over the past five or six years we’ve seen Chiang Mai change from a Backpacker’s destination into a more up-market booming city but unfortunately many people in the hospitality and tourism industry have failed to take advantage of the situation and are reluctant to move with the times by upgrading their services, presentation and facilities.
Rudy van den Berg, in announcing the up coming Horeca Food Show and Seminar to be staged at the Sheraton Hotel Chiang Mai on July 20, said the “invitation only” show aimed at business owners, general managers, chefs and food and beverage managers is intended to show attendees how to add more value to their existing products and services by applying some simple techniques which will increase revenue. He cited the number of high-end hotels which have recently opened their doors and says, with more to come there is an obvious high degree of confidence amongst major investors in our region.
However, he says this same degree of confidence is not so apparent at the other end of the scale and it’s these operators who, instead of worrying about an adverse effect on their livelihoods should seize the opportunity and take steps to up grade their own services and facilities in order to cash in on the expected increase in more affluent visitors.
Rudy van den Berg says the mindset of some business owners that “a half full glass is half empty,” needs to change and they should address the challenge of how to “top up the glass,” by means of Value Adding. He says his company which is bringing in a range of leading manufacturers as exhibitors along with celebrity Chef Mc.Daeng for the food show and seminar sees the event as an important factor in the growing of Northern Thailand’s tourist industry and as a way to help “top up the glass.”


Miss Chiang Mai then and now

Misses Chiang Mai since 1975, Samran Udomsri (left) and Treechada Wanichakul, 18 (right), the latest Miss Chiang Mai 2006 attended the press conference.

Nopniwat Krailerg
With the local fascination for the beauty of Lanna ladies, six former Miss Chiang Mai winners of the past and present gathered at Central Airport Plaza Chiang Mai.
Dr. Chao Duang Duan Na Chiang Mai, President of Chiang Mai Provincial Culture Council felt that there should be paintings and a book recording the biographies of Miss Chiang Mai since 1974 to 2006. Consequently, the Miss Chiang Mai organizers are searching for biographies of former Misses Chiang Mai, and it is hoped that the book will be completed in July, complete with drawings of the past winners.


Varee Chiangmai School triumphs in 5th Water Rocket Competition

Ready, aim…fire!

Staff Reporter
Varee Chiangmai School won the 1
st place in Chiang Mai and 3rd place in the region for the 5th Water Rocket Competition.
The National Science Museum (NSM) held the 5
th Water Rocket Competition at Maejo University, Chiang Mai. This activity is to motivate and promote systematic scientific study for teenagers through exciting and entertaining scientific experiment.
Water Rockets are exciting and also provides scientific study. It also makes students learn how to work in teams, how to experiment, how to express their ideas and imagination through their work.
One hundred and ninety six teams participated in this first round of the competition held on June 17-18. Varee Chiangmai School fielded four teams of which three teams were selected as representatives of the region.
These three teams will compete in the final round on August 17-18 at National Science Museum.

Varee Chiangmai School teachers Manat Korbutr, Chaweewan Aonsopha (Left and 2nd Left), and Suwat Sawassantisuk (Right) with the winning teams.


Old stars hold fascination for young people

Nopniwat Krailerg
100 young people from Ratprachanukroh School, Mae Chaem School and Chom Thong School have received instruction from the National Astronomical Research Institute (NARI), Ministry of Science and Technology about astronomy at Doi Inthanon National Park.

Young people looking at the planets though a telescope.

The address was given by ML Aniwat Sooksawat, lecturer from the Physics Department of Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University.
The young attendants were very interested, particularly in the activities of NARI to stimulate young people to learn about astronomy, with the forthcoming help of a national planetarium to be constructed in Doi Inthanon National Park.
After the lecture, an 8 inch telescope was made available for the interested attendants to see the planets. Eakarat Somboon, computer academic of NARI explained how to use the equipment.


Alien residents accused of drug dealing sue TAO member

Khajohn Boonphat
Thongchai Jarujitt, a member of Mok Jampae TAO and chairman of Baan Rak Thai Community Enterprise presented a petition to Mae Hong Son Governor, accusing Seksan Jairakprapasuk, Baan Rak Thai village headman of obstructing vegetable growing, as he gained no advantage from it, and that he had claimed that almost 30 percent Baan Rak Thai villagers deal and took drugs. The villagers who are mainly Chinese Haw and Kanachat Chinese soldiers were unhappy as it affected their application for Thai nationality.
In turn, Seksan consulted with the 150 villagers saying that the petition was just to protect Thongchai Jarujitt himself before he is sued as he has been chairman of Baan Rak Thai Community Enterprise since 2005, but has not informed the villagers of any progress of the enterprise except to claim that members would have jobs with wages of 150 baht a day. Although these people had already signed to open bank accounts, Thongchai kept them all including ATM cards and he also knew the passwords.
Thongchai in cooperation with Chanchai Chaisrisawas, head officer of Muang Mae Hong Son Development Office and Decha Sattapon, Muang district chief officer of Mae Hong Son started the Baan Rak Thai Community Enterprise project and presented it to Direk Konkleep, Mae Hong Song governor for authorization without getting the opinion of residents. The villagers did not know of the project until he cleared part of forest area and another bamboo area belonging to Third Army Region. (He claimed that it was to prepare for a community enterprise project but in the end that area was seized by forest officers.)
In addition, the Baan Rak Thai villagers presented a petition to Pol. Gen. Chitchai Wannasathit, Deputy PM, when he visited Mae Hong Son to learn about the drug situation. The villagers also informed Bureau of the Royal Household about this issue asking it to deal with this case of local government officials forcing residents to accept a project they did not want.


Big bust clinic busted

Owner deflated!

Saksit Meesubkwang
Ladies of the night of both sexes, and others hoping to enlarge their frontal attributes suffered a setback when a clinic indulging their desires was raided on June 19.

Public Health officers testing chemical substance used for enlarging breasts.

The clinic, operated by Yawdkwan Singhkaew was located in Soi Chediplong in front of Chiang Mai Rajabhat University on Chotana Road, Chiang Mai. The first floor was separated into a counter and three beds like a hospital; and medicines and chemical substance were stored in the other section.
It was learnt that the operator, Yawdkwan Singhkaew, worked as a technical nursing officer of Muang Phrao Municipality and he had run the illicit clinic for three years. Most of customers were ladies working in karaoke night clubs and katoeys who wanted to raise their topography.
The cost of the basic procedure was 10,000 baht per breast and carried out by injecting 100 cc of chemical substance. The customer had to be injected several times depending on the size of the original mammary gland and how close to Pamela Anderson’s chest they wanted to be at the end.

Chemical substance bottles found in the illicit clinic.

The clinic was busted and the operator arrested because the police were informed by a customer when she suffered allergic reactions to the chemicals injected. She said that others had become so ill they had to enter the ICU of a hospital
Public Health officers and the police have warned that little ladies should research carefully and find a legal and safe place if they want to add weight to their frontal charms.
The superintendent of Chang Puek Police Station advised that 300 clients who had been treated at that clinic should report themselves to the station so they could have a further examination and health check. Pol. Col. Chamnan Ruadreuw, deputy commander of Chiang Mai Provincial Police said that the police would now pay more attention to beauty service places and would prosecute them if any illegal practices were exposed.


Thai-Laotian border human traffickers hide in villages

Saksit Meesubkwang
There seems to be no letup in either the demand or supply of girls from Laos deceived into allowing traffickers to smuggle them into Thailand.
Khammoon Sasom, village headwoman of Tambon Phusang, Phayao said that all village headmen are concerned about burgeoning human trafficking as the people involved in this illegal dealing hid amongst villages, particularly on 10 and 30
th of every month when a market is held.
She added that concern is growing amongst villagers in the area. Girls from Laos PDR who tried to work in Thailand were often deceived by agents offering them attractive jobs as waitresses or housemaids. Smuggling them in to Thailand was easy because the girls did not pass a checkpoint at Baan Huak but walked along the border and simply slipped in unobserved.
Chareunsri Chaikhat, coordinator of Human Trafficking Prevention Office, Phayao, said that officers were collecting information about the trade from witnesses and informers to try and control it and have set up a special force to deal with it. Nevertheless, she admitted that this remains worrisome and could be described as an international problem. She advised that educating the girls at the source about the deceitful practice was the best way to prevent girls believing the blandishments of evil traffickers from Thailand.


Drug smuggling surrounds Thailand

Manufacturers and suppliers well known

Saksit Meesubkwang
Yet another conference on drug smuggling prevention has been held. Pithaya Jinawat, vice secretary of Office of Narcotic Control Board (ONCB), presided over the conference to make people aware of the illegal drug situation.

Pithaya Jinawat, (center) vice secretary general of Office of Narcotic Control Board (ONCB).

Pithaya said that opium plantations in Burma and Laos are decreasing but opium plantations in the south of Shan state, close to Mae Hong Son and Chiang Rai are increasing. Heroin and speed pills are still manufactured in Burma, but the number of factories has decreased, however, the incidence of Ice production is higher. In Laos, it is mainly marihuana. The main illegal drug manufacturers and dealers are Wa, Haw, Lisu, Tai tribe, Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA), and Karen National Union (KNU) opposite Tak and there are dealers in Myanmar, China, and Laos.
There are 38 drug smuggling points in Burma, and 10 in Laos. The main route from Burma is the upper Northern region at Tak, Kanchanaburi, transferring to Laos and back to Thailand for transfer to Cambodia.
At this time, in Thailand, there are only approximately 2,400 addicted people. The government has issued orders to 28 provinces, that face severe drug problems, to come up with a solution within three months. In the Northern region, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and Mae Hong Son orders were given to establish treatment centers and jobs for those who had been addicted to illegal drugs.
The government has budgeted approximately 10 million baht fund to support the army in the narcotic suppression operation.
Pithaya also said that previously, in Phayao, the narcotic suppression performance was highly effective because the governor concentrated on drugs that affected children and teenagers and made every organization cooperate. He wants other provinces to perform like Phayao.


Laotian arrested smuggling protected wild insect remains

Nopniwat Krailerg
Muang Chiang Mai police arrested Kongkaew Phanboriwat, 27, Laotian in living in a hotel located in Night Bazaar zone, and confiscated 10 boxes of wild insect remains, totaling several thousand protected species such as Coleoptera.
He confessed that these insect remains were from Laos smuggled in through Nong Khai and this was the second time he had done a bug run. They were to be distributed to travelers in Chiang Mai with Khob Daeng Coleoptera and Kwang Dao Coleoptera being sold for 150 baht each. Some clients had purchased from him in large numbers to export to Japan where they were favored as ornaments. However, he said that he did not know it was protected wildlife and was illegal.
He was accused of possessing wildlife without permission according to Wildlife Protection Act 1992, to be punished by incarceration for four years or to be fined 400,000 baht. Insecticide carries a high price!


Swipe card merchant swipes untold thousands

Chiangmai Mail Reporters
Claiming to be an agent for various financial institutions, Waritthorn Tamkwan of Chiang Mai solicited clients and used their cards as soon as approved without passing them on to the clients.
This was discovered when Sayamon Kham-ai, fruit seller in Fang, Chiang Mai, informed them that she had applied for a credit card through Waritthorn and later received a statement showing she was 60,000 baht in debt, although she had not yet received her card.
When the police arrested Waritthorn they found documents used for making credit card from several finance institutes for almost 200 clients.
Before his arrest, police learnt that Waritthorn had previously been an authorized agent.
Waritthorn would replace the picture in their ID card with his picture and after the credit was authorized, take the cards for his own use and fabricate documents to inform the unsuspecting applicants that they had not been approved.


Drug dealer takes ‘Care’ but gets killed

Nopniwat Krailerg
Police officers, acting on a presumed tip-off, at Baan Kew Thap Yang in Mae Chan, Chiang Rai, searched the Cherdchai tour bus from Mae Chan to Bangkok. The police searched passenger belongings in the overhead racks and a plastic bottle of “Care” talcum powder was thought to be suspicious.
While they were sniffing with care, a passenger stood up and snatched the policeman’s pistol. A struggle ensued and chaos reigned on the bus.
Lt. Supap On-udom from Pha Muang Task Force traveling on the bus and Suthep Meebut, the driver, helped the policeman to attempt to regain possession of the pistol but two bullets were fired through the hands of both the snatcher and the police officer and a passenger Yum Han Mong Doi was shot in the leg.
The offender fled with the gun but was shot by police and died on the road while the policeman and the injured passenger were taken to Mae Chan Hospital.
The passenger was later identified as Uthen Khampanbut, 25, resident of Lampang, and the talcum bottle was found to contain 1,952 pills of WY ya ba.



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