Complaint filed for cabinet mishap

Complaint filed for cabinet mishap

Pvt Thawisap Pinthong shows reporters an injury to his leg caused by a road accident while he was running an errand for his supervisor, an air force sergeant. (Photo by Watcharawit Phudork)
Pvt Thawisap Pinthong shows reporters an injury to his leg caused by a road accident while he was running an errand for his supervisor, an air force sergeant. (Photo by Watcharawit Phudork)

A conscript has asked the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) to take action against a sergeant for his alleged carelessness that led to a road accident, and the sergeant's subsequent failure to help him.

The incident took place on Dec 6 last year, but Pvt Thawisap Pinthong, who was supposed to be treated under the military's medical welfare programme, has not received any compensation.

According to Pvt Thawisap, nine months ago, the sergeant ordered him and his friend to carry eight filing cabinets in a truck to the military quartermaster department. The steel cabinets had not been tied tightly, so he had to stand behind them to keep them in the truck. On the way there, both he and the cabinets were thrown off the vehicle when it was going around a bend.

The cabinets fell on on his legs, and both he and the equipment fell to the ground.

His legs were broken in the accident and doctors recommended an operation, along with follow-up treatments for a year.

Pvt Thawisap believes the accident partly stemmed from the "sergeant's carelessness" and wants to file criminal and civil lawsuits against his boss, according to Ronnaron Kaeophet, the president of the Network for Campaigning for Justice in Society, who accompanied Pvt Thawisap to the CSD on Thursday.

The private said he is worried about the lack of compensation because his military service is about to end, and it will be difficult to receive any compensation afterwards.

He earlier lodged a complaint at Don Muang police station, but the case has made little progress.


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