Chalong bomber investigation stalls

CHALONG: After hearing that the police investigation into the November bombing of three houses in Chalong had stalled, Phuket Vice-Governor Worapoj Ratthasima ordered police to step up efforts to catch the person or persons responsible.

The three homemade bombs, described as “fertilizer bombs”, detonated at about 2:30 am on November 28 on Soi Songkun, about one kilometer off Chao Fa East Rd.

Two Burmese workmen were injured in the blasts, which police believe were motivated by a land dispute.

Rating the case a top priority, Phuket Governor Niran Kalayanamit ordered police to submit monthly investigation progress reports.

Col Chalit Kaewyarat, Superintendent of Chalong Police Station, on Thursday reported to V/Gov Worapoj, Chairman of Phuket Provincial Security Committee, that the investigation had stalled for lack of physical evidence.

“We called in many people for fingerprinting, but none of the prints match those found at the houses,” Col Chalit said.

In a related development, Muang District Chief Wirawat Janpen said that his office has completed its investigation into land ownership rights in the area and determined which areas are government land and which are privately held. The investigation includes a census of the number of people living in the area.

Phuket News

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