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Special panel to probe Chalong explosions

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PHUKET CITY: Phuket Governor Niran Kanlayanamit has appointed a special committee to investigate the November 28 bombing of three new homes on disputed land in Chalong.

During a meeting of the Phuket Provincial Security Council, Gov Niran said he would like to see the police track down and arrest the people responsible for the blasts as soon as possible.

The three improvised explosive devices, described as “fertilizer bombs”, detonated about 2:30 am on Soi Songkun in Chalong, 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.

“I went to the three houses the day after the explosion and talked with villagers there. There were already numerous problems there before explosions, including arson and attempted murder. There are already 21 court cases related to land disputes in the area,” Gov Niran told the committee.

Fearing that the explosions could be the start of a new trend if the perpetrators were not brought to justice quickly, Gov Niran named to the panel such provincial heavyweights as the Phuket Provincial Chief Administrative Officer (Palad), Provincial Police, the Muang District Chief, the head of the Chalong Tambon Administration Organization, along with representatives from the Provincial Land Office and Natural Resources and Environment Office.

“If explosions like this can happen once, they could be followed by a second or third round of bombings. This is bad for Phuket, especially during the high season,” he said.

Phuket Provincial Police Commander Pol Maj Gen Decha Budnampeth told Gov Niran that he expects the people behind the blasts to be arrested “soon”, but added that investigators are still collecting forensic evidence.

However, Gen Decha lashed out at local authorities, blaming them for many land disputes resulting in violence.

Such violent disputes often stem from negligence on the part of local authorities, who often fail to adequately check the backgrounds and land titles of people who contact them seeking a temporary house number, electrical supply and other utilities, he told Gov Niran.

“Why do the police have to patrol public land to prevent trespass and encroachment when this is the responsibility of local administrative bodies?” he asked.

“It’s very difficult to evict people once homes have been built or [public] land has been sold and resold many times over. So many protracted court cases involving land disputes could be avoided if the local authorities did their jobs properly,” he said.



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Motorbike driver files official complaint after accident from fallen cables in Kata

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A motorbike driver has filed a report with police against a cable company after he became tangled up in their cabling while driving to work in Kata.

26 year old Chakaree Yawaekaree filled the report with Chalong Police against the local cable company.

Mr Chakaree told Police that he was driving to work in Kata on Friday morning. When he arrived at the scene he ran into the cabling that had dropped down, just above the road level. The cables hooked his motorbike and caused him to crash and fall off. He was taken to hospital where he was treated for scrapes, grazes and a badly injured right knee.

Chalong Police say they are continuing their investigation. They say the cables belong to a private company and that this kind of incident happens “very often”.

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Motorbike driver dies after colliding with sedan on Thepkasattri Road, Phuket

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A motorbike driver has died after colliding with a sedan driven by a Russian driver who was allegedly making a “risky” U-turn on Thepkrasattri Road in Koh Kaew yesterday.

The incident happened at 3.30pm yesterday.

Police and other emergency responders arrived to find a white sedan, a motorbike and a pickup truck.

The motorbike driver had sustained serious injuries – 19 year old Weerapat Chamnina – and had already been rushed tp Mission Phuket Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Police report that a white sedan, whose driver was a 37 year old Russian man, Maxim Shadrin, was heading along the southbound lane of Thepkasattri Road.

Police speculate that he was trying to make a U-turn but was allegedly out of the lane of traffic making the turn.

The motorbike collided with the rear of the man’s sedan.  The motorbike driver bounced off to the other side of the road (northbound lane).  Then a pickup truck hit the motorbike driver.

Police are continuing their investigation and examining all the CCTV footage.

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54 year old Swede dodges traffic in Thepkasattri Road, Phuket

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PHUKET: Achadtaya Chuenniran

A 54 year old Swedish tourist is now in custody after running around Thepkasattri road yesterday morning dodging cars and causing traffic mayhem. Luckily no cars came in contact with the man police described as ‘mentally ill’.

A video clip from the incident shows the man running in and out of the traffic on Thepkasattri Road in Thalang. The incident happened around 2.30am.

The road had to be closed for 20-30 minutes as police apprehended the man, unhurt. The motive for his dangerous antics have not become apparent at this stage.

The man, who remains named was taken to Thalang Hospital for checking then was transferred to Vachira Hospital in Phuket Town. Police revealed that his visa expired on the same day so they’ve contacted the local Swedish consular officials to check on the man’s family and travel situation.

The Swede is currently being evaluated and treated in the hospital’s psychiatric wing.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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