A prison riot in Pattani Central Prison turned deadly yesterday as Buddhist and Muslim inmates clashed.
Pattani Central Prison staff yesterday survey the aftermath of a prison riot, which left two inmates dead. Injured inmates lying on the ground were taken to hospital. PARES LOHASAN
Inmates moved as jail riot kills 2
Buddhists relocated after prison erupts
Two inmates at Pattani Central Prison were killed yesterday in a riot fuelled by tensions between Muslim and Buddhist inmates.
The conflict culminated with prison authorities last night agreeing to move the prison's 39 Buddhist inmates who were involved in fighting with Muslim rioters to a Songkhla jail.
The clash started after the prison decided to appoint a Buddhist inmate to help warders inspect the prison.
Reports said more than 40 prisoners started attacking five fellow inmates, who later fled to the roof of a dormitory.
Three of them accidentally fell from the roof and were seriously injured as a result.
The three were reportedly beaten by the rioting inmates. One was found dead at the scene; the other two were seriously wounded. One of the injured inmates later died in hospital.
Prison warders were unable to help those attacked inside the prison as they were outnumbered by the rioters.
The number of rioters swelled to about 200 after officers were forced to release more prisoners from the Narathiwat and Yala blocks.
Officers said some rioting prisoners were pounding on the walls in an attempt to escape.
More than 300 police, soldiers and officials from other areas were deployed to the prison to help control the situation, said Pattani Central Prison chief Arwut Suwanno.
A prison source said the riot began with a scuffle between a group of Muslim inmates and a group of Buddhist inmates who had been selected to be warder assistants.
Muslim rioters claimed the warder assistants led by Phanuwat Khong-in had treated them unfairly, particularly in relation to food allocation.
Phanuwat was one of the two inmates killed in the riot.
Muslim inmates wrote a letter to the prison's executives and senior provincial administrators, saying they would end the riot if executives agreed to their demands.
They demanded changes in the way inmates are regulated in prison, wanted harsh regulations to be relaxed and said inmates assigned to manage the prison's kitchen must be Muslims.
They also demanded that prisoners assigned to help warders inspect inmates' belongings and those in other prison units be replaced with Muslims.
Senior provincial administrators led by Pattani deputy governor Lertkiat Wongpopan and prison executives agreed to accept the inmates' demands, and the prisoners called off their riot.
survey – to make an examination of something to find out about its condition สำรวจ
aftermath – the effects and results of something bad or important ผลที่ตามมา
riot – a violent protest by a group of people ความไม่สงบ การจลาจล
inmate – someone who is kept in a prison, mental hospital or other institution นักโทษ
injured – hurt in an accident or attack ซึ่งได้รับบาดเจ็บ
relocate – to move someone or something to another place โยกย้าย
erupt – to start suddenly ปะทุขึ้น
fuel – to make something increase or become worse ทำให้รุนแรงขึ้น
tensions – the feelings caused by a lack of trust between people, groups or countries who do not agree about something and may attack each other ความตึงเครียด
conflict – an angry disagreement between people or groups ความขัดแย้ง
culminate – to end with, after developing for some time สิ้นสุด, ถึงขั้นสุดท้าย
authorities – people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
involved – taking part or having a role in something เกี่ยวข้อง
clash – a brief fight between two or more people การปะทะกันสองฝ่าย
appoint – to choose someone officially for a job or responsibility แต่งตั้ง,ตั้งให้เป็น
warder – someone whose job is to guard prisoners in a prison ผู้คุม
inspect – to look at something carefully ตรวจสอบ
fellow – used for talking about people who are similar to you or are in the same situation เพื่อนร่วมชะตากรรม
fled (past of flee) – escaped; left an area very quickly because of a danger there หนีไป
dormitory – a large building where students, prison inmates, etc. live หอพัก
beat – to hit someone violently several times ตี, เคาะ, หวด, ตบ, เฆี่ยน
scene – site; a place where something happens or happened สถานที่เกิดเหตุ
wounded – injured, especially where your skin or flesh is damaged, usually seriously บาดเจ็บ
outnumbered – having fewer people than another group มีคนน้อยกว่า
swell – to increase in size or number เพิ่มจำนวน, เพิ่มขนาด, เพิ่มปริมาณ
release – to allow someone or something to go free ปล่อย
block – buildings that form part of a school, prison, hospital, etc. which are used for a particular purpose ตึกใหญ่
pound – to hit something hard many times, especially in a way that makes a lot of noise ตำ
deploy – (of police, soldiers or equipment) to put in place ready for action ส่งประจำการ
source – someone who gives information แหล่งข่าว
scuffle – a short and sudden fight, especially one involving a small number of people การต่อสู้กันอุตลุด
select – to choose คัดเลือก
assistant – a person who helps or supports somebody, usually in their job ผู้ช่วย
claim – to say that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it อ้าง
allocation – an amount or share of something that is given to someone การแบ่งส่วน
executive – a senior manager in a business or other organisation ผู้บริหาร
administrator – someone whose job is to manage a business, organisation, or institution ผู้บริหาร
demand – a very firm request for something ข้อเรียกร้อง, การเรียกร้อง
regulate – to control an activity officially by using rules ควบคุม
harsh – strict, unkind and often unfair อย่างรุนแรง
regulation – an official rule that controls the way that things are done กฎระเบียบ
relax – to make rules, controls, conditions etc less strict
belongings – the things you own ข้าวของเครื่องใช้
replace – to put a new person or thing in the place of someone or something แทน
senior – with a high rank or position อาวุโส
deputy – a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation รอง
call off – to decide to stop something that is already happening; to decide that something will not happen บอกเลิก
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