Senior Ubon police transferred after army busts gambling den

Senior Ubon police transferred after army busts gambling den

National police chief Somyot Pumpunmuang issues an order to transfer six senior police in Ubon Ratchathani following a raid on a gambling den allegedly operated by influential figures and men in uniform. (Bangkok Post photo)
National police chief Somyot Pumpunmuang issues an order to transfer six senior police in Ubon Ratchathani following a raid on a gambling den allegedly operated by influential figures and men in uniform. (Bangkok Post photo)

The Ubon Ratchathani Muang district police chief and five other senior police officers have been abruptly transferred to inactive posts following a military-led raid on a gambling den at a resort in which 16 gamblers were arrested on Saturday night.

National police chief Somyot Pumpunmuang on Sunday issued an order to transfer the six officers to the Provincial Police Region 3 office for 30 days pending an investigation.

The officers are Pol Col Sitthisak Saengchan, chief of Ubon Ratchathani Muang district police; Pol Col Sathaporn Em-oat, investigation chief; Pol Lt Col Somsan Rattanasaeng, deputy crime suppression police chief; Pol Lt Col Supoj Chong-utsa, deputy investigation chief; Pol Maj Supakit Khamthor, crime suppression inspector; and Pol Maj Bovornsak Khamrangsri, investigator.

Pol Gen Somyot also ordered an inquiry panel to investigate whether the six officers were negligent in their duties and report the findings to him within seven days, Thai media reported on Sunday.

The transfer came after a team of soldiers raided a gambling den operating inside Paewpan resort in Muang district on Saturday night. Sixteen gamblers, including three men and 13 women, were arrested. Many other gamblers managed to flee during the raid.

Col Thanasak Mitpanont, commander of the 6th Infantry Regiment, had received information that a group of influential figures and men in uniform had illegally operated the den for more than three months, prompting him to order the raid, according to Thai media reports.


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