Relatives of a local teacher and respected conservationist in Chai Nat province have called on police to speed up their investigation into a shooting attack on the activist and the murder of his daughter.
Chavalit Saeng-arun, a 57-year-old teacher at Ban Nong Jaeng school in Chai Nat's Hankha district, was shot at his home on Nov 27, allegedly by his former son-in-law.
He was seriously injured and had to have his right leg amputated. The teacher, who is a veteran environmental activist, is recovering at Chai Nat Hospital.
Witnesses identified Mr Chavalit's ex-son-in-law, Sompit Kamlak, as the suspected gunman.
He fled after the attack, which police suspected was the second shooting he had carried out at the property.
Earlier, on May 6, he allegedly shot dead Mr Chavalit's daughter, Pornpimol Saeng-arun, 36.
Pornpimol was also a teacher at Ban Nong Jaeng school.
The dead woman's sister, Wilaiwan Saeng-arun, who was married to the suspect, said her ex-husband had threatened to kill the entire family after she broke up with him.
She said police had made no progress in the case, while she and her family continue to live in fear.
About 15 Ban Nong Jaeng villagers and relatives of Mr Chavalit submitted a petition on Thursday to Chai Nat governor Chamlong Phosu and Hankha district police chief Pol Col Somsri Pattanakom, asking them to arrest the gunman and provide security for the family.
Pol Col Somsri said an arrest warrant had been issued for Mr Sompit and the police would provide 24-hour security for the Saeng-arun family as requested.
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