Illegal migrants found hiding in hut

Illegal migrants found hiding in hut

Migrants found hiding in hut

Twelve Myanmar migrants have been arrested for allegedly entering the country through the Thai-Myanmar border in Sangkhla Buri district.

Col Yutthana Meecharoen, commander of the army's Lat Ya Special Task Force, said yesterday the 12 had been found on Sunday hiding in a hut in a rubber plantation in Ban Saneh Pong Village, tambon Lai Wo.

He said they had travelled from Myanmar's Payatongsu district the day before after contacting a Myanmar agent known only as Mr Mianma, who charged them 14,000-16,000 baht each to help get them to Bangkok and Samut Sakhon, where they hoped to find work.

The detainees said they had also been helped by some compatriots, who had given them shelter.

They were taken to a nearby checkpoint in tambon Nong Lu for questioning and are currently being held at Sangkhla Buri police station ahead of likely legal action.

Famed temple hall closed

The assembly hall in Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat which houses the revered Buddha image Phra Phuttha Chinnarat is to be closed for 20 days due to Covid-19 concerns.

While the hall will be closed to visitors, the temple grounds, which houses shops selling beverages, lottery tickets and souvenirs, will remain open to the public.

The temple's hall was closed at the advice of Phitsanulok's public health officials, as it is often packed with visitors and worshippers. Phitsanulok reported 12 more Covid-19 infections on Sunday, taking its total to 233.

The temple is set to reopen on May 15. The province, like many others, has made face masks compulsory in public, with fines up to 20,000 baht for violations.

Sting operation nets two arrests

Two people, including a German national, have been detained by the narcotics suppression police on charges of selling methamphetamine.

Claus Mike Haberstroh, 59, and Panadchai "Po Po" Noo-chit, a 29-year-old Thai man, were arrested on Sunday at a house in Bang Lamung district's tambon Nong Prue.

Police said they were caught red-handed handing 39.16 grammes of crystal meth to an undercover police officer who went to the house to collect the drugs after transferring money into the German man's bank account.

Mr Haberstroh is a retired lorry driver who moved to Pattaya and met Mr Panadchai in a nightspot.

The two lived together and became involved in the drug trade, police alleged.

They have been charged with having an illegal drug in their possession with intent to sell. Police said assets worth about 300,000 baht were seized from the house.

Ex-PWO boss protests inquiry

The former acting director of the Public Warehouse Organisation (PWO) has opposed an order to investigate him for alleged irregularities in the procurement of rubber gloves worth 112.5 billion baht.

Pol Col Roongroj Phuthiyawat wrote to the PWO recently to protest after he was accused of colluding in an irregular procurement of 500 million boxes of rubber gloves. Two other PWO senior executives were also alleged to be complicit in the deal.

Pol Col Roongroj, who was ordered by the prime minister's order to be transferred to an inactive post in September last year, insisted that PWO director Kriangsak Prateepvisut had no authority to order a disciplinary inquiry against him and that it therefore had no legal standing.

Mr Kriangsak, however, maintains he had every right to order the probe since the allegation against his predecessor was so serious. He said he had launched the investigation after a fact-finding panel ruled there was evidence to support the accusation.

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