Two slain policemen honoured

Two slain policemen honoured

One of national flag-covered coffins of Pol Capt Trakul Tha-asa and Pol Snr Sgt Maj Petcharat Kamchadphai, is carried at Wat Tri Thotsathep in Bangkok for a royally sponsored bathing ceremony on Monday. (Photo by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)
One of national flag-covered coffins of Pol Capt Trakul Tha-asa and Pol Snr Sgt Maj Petcharat Kamchadphai, is carried at Wat Tri Thotsathep in Bangkok for a royally sponsored bathing ceremony on Monday. (Photo by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)

The bodies of two anti-terrorism policemen who sacrificed their lives to end the shooting rampage in Nakhon Ratchasima province were honourably received in a royally sponsored bathing ceremony in Bangkok on Monday.

The bodies of Pol Capt Trakul Tha-asa and Pol Snr Sgt Maj Petcharat Kamchadpai, both 35, were transported from Wing 1 in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima to Wing 6 in Don Muang district of Bangkok. Their coffins were covered with national flags. Senior officers and guards gathered in a ceremony to honour them.

Their coffins were transported on ceremonial trucks from Don Muang to Wat Trithotsathep in Phra Nakhon district for a royally sponsored bathing ceremony. Later the bodies would be moved to their native towns for funerals.

The body of Pol Capt Trakul would be sent to the northern province of Chiang Rai while that of Pol Snr Sgt Maj Petcharat to Bang Kapi district of Bangkok.

Senior police officers, including national police chief Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda, on Monday praised anti-terrorism officers assigned to end the shooting rampage at Terminal 21 mall in central Nakhon Ratchasima. They commended their dedication and willingness to sacrifice their lives to protect innocent people as the shooter used war weapons that could penetrate body armours.

Pol Capt Trakul and Pol Snr Sgt Maj Petcharat were anti-terrorism officers of the Metropolitan Police Bureau. Their families would initially receive compensation worth about 2.5 million baht each.

On Monday evening, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announced that Their Majesties the King and Queen expressed condolences and extended moral support toward the families of victims in the shooting rampage. Their Majesties also sponsored the funerals of killed victims, had representatives visit the families of victims and supported people cleaning up the scenes of the incident.


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