Five Korat police transferred after casino raids

Five Korat police transferred after casino raids

A committee has been set up to investigate whether police neglected to perform their duty after casinos were raided and 142 gamblers arrested. (AFP photo)
A committee has been set up to investigate whether police neglected to perform their duty after casinos were raided and 142 gamblers arrested. (AFP photo)

NAKHON RATCHASIMA - Five senior officers from the same police station in Muang district were transferred to inactive posts on Sunday after soldiers raided three illegal casinos under their jurisdiction and detained 142 gamblers.

The officers attached to Chor Hor police station were transferred to the operations centre at Nakhon Ratachasima Provincial Police until further notice. 

The transfer order was signed by Pol Maj Gen Thakoon Nattheesri, chief of Nakhon Ratchasima police. It came after Pol Maj Gen Thakoon ordered a committee be set up to investigate whether the local police had neglected to perform their duty, allowing illegal gambling dens to operate in their area of responsibility.

The five officers are Pol Col Somsak Rerksaputti, chief of Chor Hor police station; Pol Lt Gen Soongsak Chantamenchai, deputy crime suppression chief; Pol Lt Gen Joonlata Chantana, deputy investigation chief; Pol Maj Narongkorn Hasub, crime suppression inspector; and Pol Maj Monthon Hongklarng, inquiry inspector. 

A combined force of about 200 police, military and administrative officials raided three casinos in Chor Hor on Saturday afternoon, on the order of Lt Gen Thawat Sukplang, the 2nd Army Region commander.

In the first raid at a race course, the authorities arrested 54 gamblers -- 15 men and 39 women -- and seized gambling equipment, a closed-circuit television camera set, 42 mobile phones and 25 cars.

In the second raid on Moon Mor Resort, 66 gamblers -- 27 men and 39 women -- were arrested and gambling equipment and a closed-circuit television camera system seized.

The third raid was made on Mali Resort. The authorities caught 22 gamblers -- eight men and 14 women -- and seized an amount of gambling equipment.

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