Drug rehab murder mystery

200 drug addicts escaped from drug rehab center in Krabi after teachers, caregivers & counselors allegedly beat 3 patients to death.



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SOUTH

Drug addicts claim teachers killed patients, flee rehab

27/07/2012
Anucha Charoenpo

KRABI : More than 200 drug addicts undergoing rehabilitation at a pondok school in Krabi's Muang district yesterday fled after learning their teachers and caregivers had allegedly beaten three rehab patients to death.

The addicts escaped from the Klong Kam pondok school about 1.30pm.

They converged on a mosque in the Ban Koh Klang community, located about 2km away from the school, to protest against the harsh conditions and the alleged murders of three men in rehab.

Wasan Rodnual, 24, one of the escapees, said three addicts aged between 20 and 27 were beaten to death by the school's teachers and counsellors on July 23 after they tried to escape. The three were Muslims from the deep South, he said.

The protesters accused the teachers and counsellors of using to violence to try to cure them of drug addiction.

They said they fled the school because they could no longer endure the behaviour of the teachers and the counsellors.

Mr Wasan did not go into the details of the rehab programme.

Residents informed Muang police station shortly after the drug addicts had escaped, saying they feared they would cause trouble in the area. About 20 police officers rushed to the scene to restore order.

Pol Lt Col Jongrak Pimthong, deputy Muang police chief, told to the Bangkok Post over the phone that his department would start an investigation to find out if any drug addicts had been killed by the school's teachers and counsellors as alleged.

He said about 400 of nearly 1,500 drug addicts at the school had asked the police to help contact their parents so they could pick them up and take them back home.

He said the province would also examine whether the school is registered with the Education Ministry and had sought approval from any state agencies to turn the facility into a drug rehabilitation centre. Police have yet to question the school's administrator, he said.

(Source: Bangkok Post, SOUTH, Drug addicts claim teachers killed patients, flee rehab, 27/07/2012, Anucha Charoenpo, link


Drug Rehab Vocabulary

drug addiction - a strong need that someone has to take an illegal or harmful drug often, also called "substance dependence" (See Wikipedia)

drug addicts - people who have a "drug addiction"

rehab - drug rehab; drug rehabilitation; the process of helping people stop using drugs or alcohol, ending their "drug addiction" (See Wikipedia)
rehabilitate - 1. to help someone stop  using drugs or alcohol so they can return to a normal healthy life; 2. make something broken suitable to be use again 
rehabilitation - the process of returning someone or something to a good or healthy condition, state or way of living การทำให้กลับสู่สภาพเดิม, การทำให้กลับมาดีเหมือนเดิม

drug rehabilitation centre
undergoing rehabilitation

rehab patients

claim - saying something is true without proving it yet
allegedly - claimed but not yet proven ที่ถูกกล่าวหา

flee - to leave a dangerous or unpleasant situation quickly; to escape หนี อพยพ
flee rehab - run away from the drug rehabilitation center

Drug addicts claim teachers killed patients, flee rehab

care -
helping a person (example: care for the sick and poor)  
caregivers - a person whose job is to care for another person (help them recover or deal with an illness)

beat
to death - to hit a person until they die

their teachers and caregivers had allegedly beaten three rehab patients to death

More than 200 drug addicts undergoing rehabilitation at a pondok school in Krabi's Muang district yesterday fled after learning their teachers and caregivers had allegedly beaten three rehab patients to death. The addicts escaped from the Klong Kam pondok school about 1.30pm.

converged on -
when many people all gather and meet at one place

community - local people, all the people who live in a local area or place ชุมชน
the Ban Koh Klang community

protest
- a strong complaint or disagreement ประท้วง

harsh
- difficult to live with & not pleasant; strict, unkind, showing no sympathy or understanding อย่างรุนแรง
harsh conditions
- a place that is not nice or pleasant to be in

protest against the harsh conditions

They converged on a mosque in the Ban Koh Klang community, located about 2km away from the school, to protest against the harsh conditions and the alleged murders of three men in rehab.

escapees - people who ran away from a place

counselors - people who help other people by giving them advice (on how to solve their problems)

Wasan Rodnual, 24, one of the escapees, said three addicts aged between 20 and 27 were beaten to death by the school's teachers and counsellors on July 23 after they tried to escape. The three were Muslims from the deep South, he said.

violence - physical force with the deliberate intention of causing damage to property or injury or death to people ความรุนแรง
drug addiction

endure - to suffer something difficult, unpleasant or painful อดทน อดทนเพื่อให้ผ่านเวลาหรือเหตุการณ์ที่เลวร้าย
could no longer endure

go into the details
did not go into the details

The protesters accused the teachers and counsellors of using to violence to try to cure them of drug addiction. They said they fled the school because they could no longer endure the behaviour of the teachers and the counsellors. Mr Wasan did not go into the details of the rehab programme.

rushed - go somewhere very quickly ด้วยความเร่งรีบ
about 20 police officers rushed to the scene

restore - to cause a particular situation to exist again, especially a good one ฟื้นฟูสภาพ
restore order

investigation - the process of trying to find out all the details or facts about something การสอบสวน
start an investigation

contact - to communicate with someone ติดต่อ
asked the police to help contact their parents

Residents informed Muang police station shortly after the drug addicts had escaped, saying they feared they would cause trouble in the area. About 20 police officers rushed to the scene to restore order. Pol Lt Col Jongrak Pimthong, deputy Muang police chief, told to the Bangkok Post over the phone that his department would start an investigation to find out if any drug addicts had been killed by the school's teachers and counsellors as alleged.  He said about 400 of nearly 1,500 drug addicts at the school had asked the police to help contact their parents so they could pick them up and take them back home.

registered - officially recorded as a business with the government (and given permission to operate)
registered with the Education Ministry

state - government รัฐ
state agencies

approval - official permission การอนุมัต
sought approval from state agencies

facility - a building used for a particular purpose

He said the province would also examine whether the school is registered with the Education Ministry and had sought approval from any state agencies to turn the facility into a drug rehabilitation centre. Police have yet to question the school's administrator, he said.

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