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Troops seize 3,900-rai forest, cite illegal deeds

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The military has seized more than 3,900 rai of forest reserve land in Nakhon Ratchasima's Sung Noen district from an influential figure who was found to have long occupied the land using illegally obtained title deeds. One suspect was also detained. 

Sung Noen is a small district just west of Korat city, but military officials say it is the home of a gigantic land scandal.

A combined team of soldiers from the 2nd Army, officials from the Office of the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) and the Lands Department which inspected the land confirmed the seized land was part of the Sung Noen Forest Reserve, Col Sommai Busaba, who headed the encroachment suppression operation, said Monday.

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