Arrest warrants were sought for a number of people, including 6 police officers, after the fatal shooting of a police inspector last week. Many were subsequently sacked from their jobs.
Siwakorn Saibua was shot dead at a party being held at the home of an “influential figure” and Kamnan (village leader) in the central province of Nakhon Pathom on Wednesday, September 6. Nakhon Pathom is just west of Bangkok.
According to a Nation Thailand report, the weapon used to kill the police inspector was a police-issued gun. The victim, who worked with the Highway Police’s Second Command, attending a birthday party at the home of Praween Chankhlai, known by the nickname “Kamnan Nok”.
It’s understood Siwakorn was shot after turning down a request from Praween. According to media reports, Praween had asked the inspector for help getting his police officer nephew promoted.
Nation Thailand reports that the man who subsequently shot and killed Siwakorn is understood to be Praween’s henchman, Thananchai Manmak. Thananchai himself was later shot dead while resisting arrest in neighbouring Kanchanaburi on Friday, September 8.
Meanwhile, Praween had reportedly turned himself in at Nakhon Pathom Police Station, on Thursday, September 7.
An inspection of the firearm used to kill Siwakorn shows that it was a police-issued weapon, allegedly owned by one of the officers at the party.
On Saturday, September 9, Thailand’s deputy national police chief, Surachate Hakparn, summoned 25 police officers for questioning, along with a number of other guests who attended the birthday party.
SOURCE: Nation Thailand