Top cop proves Premchai a protected species

Top cop proves Premchai a protected species

Deputy national police chief Pol Gen Srivara Rangsibrahmanakul is being harshly judged in social media as much too close to accused leopard poacher Premchai Karnasuta. (File photos)
Deputy national police chief Pol Gen Srivara Rangsibrahmanakul is being harshly judged in social media as much too close to accused leopard poacher Premchai Karnasuta. (File photos)

It came as little surprise that deputy national police chief Srivara Rangsibrahmanakul has been viewed as a villain by the same group of people who despise and curse the Italian-Thai Development Plc boss Premchai Karnasuta for his illegal hunting trip in Thungyai Naresuan wildlife sanctuary, which resulted in the killing of several protected wildlife species, in particular a rare leopard.

Graffiti and paintings of the leopard with a message that reads "The leopard must not die in vain" have popped up on walls in Bangkok and elsewhere to keep the hunting case from fading from public attention until justice is done or is seen to be done. The "Don't Want Srivara" hashtag has gone viral on social media as public mistrust in him gathers steam.

Pol Gen Srivara is overseeing the investigation into the illegal hunting case against the four members of Mr Premchai's group, with Mr Premchai being the main suspect. The others include a female cook, a hunting guide and a close aide of Mr Premchai. But the way in which he has handled the case from the beginning leaves much to be desired.

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Veera Prateepchaikul

Former Editor

Former Bangkok Post Editor, political commentator and a regular columnist at Post Publishing.

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