Khana Ratsadon grandchild demands search for missing plaque

Khana Ratsadon grandchild demands search for missing plaque

A descendant of a member of Khana Ratsadon has filed a report with police, seeking the return of the Khana Ratsadon memorial plaque, which mysteriously disappeared and replaced by another one with a different inscription.

The brass mark, buried at ground level in the Royal Plaza, marks the spot where the announcement was made about the revolution. The inscription on the brass plaque reads: "Here at dawn on June 24, 1932, Khana Ratsadon brings into being the constitution for the sake of the country's prosperity."

On Sunday, Prit Rattanakul Serireungriddhi, a grandchild of Luang Rattanakul Serireungriddhi (Gen Charoon Rattanakul Serireungriddhi), a member of Khana Ratsadon, went to the Dusit police station, which is responsible for the Royal Plaza.

It was replaced with a similar-looking plaque bearing the inscription: "May Siam be blessed with prosperity forever. May the people be happy and cheerful and become the strength of the country."

Nobody knows when it happened and no one has claimed responsibility. 

Mr Prit, a 30-year-old government official, came with Pakkajira Keerativivulvong, 19, a freshman at Chulalongkorn University's Political Science Faculty; Sutthida Wattansasing, 21, a third-year student at Kasetsart University's Humanities Faculty; and Khunnapat Kachana, 22, a fourth-year at Ramkhamahaeng University. They met Pol Capt Mor Rana, deputy investigator at the police station and asked him to help track down the plaque.

Mr Prit said he volunteered to represent a number of phuyai who are not comfortable with the incident.

"We made history when constitutional monarchy was established on that day. I personally think it's the best rule Thailand has ever had," he said.

However, Mr Prit admitted not all descendants of Khana Ratsadon founders felt the same way about the missing plaque.

"The descendants of Khana Ratsadon members have mixed feelings about the incident so I've volunteered to represent them.

"I'd just like to know how it's gone missing and where it is now. In any case, it's not a life-or-death issue," he said.

He also had a question for the Democrat party, specifically party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva.

"The Democrat Party has a long history and it was formed by a member of Khana Ratsadon. Does Khun Abhisit have anything to say about the incident? The plaque does not belong to anyone but to all Thai people," Mr Krit said.

Pol Capt Mor said the object is a public asset so anyone could file a report when it was missing. He would submit the case to his superiors.

Prit Rattanakul Serireungriddhi, a grandchild of Luang Rattanakul Serireungriddhi (Gen Charoon Rattanakul Serireungriddhi), a member of Khana Ratsadon, gestures as he asks Dusit police to look for the missing Khana Ratsadon plaque. (Photo by Thiti Wannamontha)

Three students accompanying Mr Prit show a piece of paper reading: 'Where's the plaque?' at the Dusit police station in Bangkok on Sunday. (Photo by Thiti Wannamontha)

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