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Phuket police close in on encroachers

Phuket police close in on encroachers

PHUKET: Police have seized the machinery used to cut a road through the Khao Nakkered Protected Forest on the hills from Kathu into Wichit and are preparing to press charges against those deemed responsible, Phuket Provincial Police Chief Maj Gen Pornsak Nuannu has announced.

By The Phuket News

Sunday 31 January 2021, 11:43AM

The Royal Forest Department officials (RFD) have filed a formal complaint with the Kathu Police to investigate the encroachment of some 108 rai in the hills above the Bang Wad Reservoir, Maj Gen Pornsak explained.

Police officers have been separated into two teams to support the investigation by the RFD, he added.

The first team seized the machinery provided for the road construction on Friday (Jan 29).

“The second team is now gathering evidence to be used to prosecute the perpetrators,” he said.

“The encroachment, deforestation and destruction of natural assets is an important policy issue of the Royal Thai Police,” Maj Gen Pornsak said, adding that he had taken a serious interest in the case.

“I want people to know that every part of our national forests is a national resource, we have to help each other and cherish it,” he said.

“Anyone who may be involved in any invasion [of protected forests] must be investigated, and any persons found responsible must be prosecuted,” he said.

“I would like to warn those who are involved in, or thinking of, any form of encroachment and deforestation, to stop, stop and stop,” he added.


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Kurt | 31 January 2021 - 12:54:37

Anyway, good 'big' words of the RTP major General. Now we wait and see or it will get a follow up by great deeds. Let's 'follow' further actions of the Major general. We wish him success.

Kurt | 31 January 2021 - 12:46:22

The whole investigation is since last week in hands of DSI, I red. Right? Is RFD filing complaints with several law departments? That will be fun, and extra time consuming. Time that makes the whole affair can fade away if the encroachers /perpetrators are influential enough. For this encroachment was a lot of money needed.


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