Thai Bits: Thai PM and Other Thai Officials Help Fund COVID-19 Relief Bags, Investigation Into Shooting Of A Man By A Thai Police Officer

Thai Officials Help Fund COVID-19 Relief Bags

The Covid-19 relief bags have been distributed to vulnerable groups. The bags were funded by donations from PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, other cabinet ministers, and the Government Spokesperson’s team, as well as private and public donations. Anucha Burapachaisri, a government spokesperson, said the care packages were distributed to 6,800 vulnerable people.
Relief bags will contain basics like rice, unspecified dried food, as well as alcohol gel, masks, and green chiretta herbal medicine, also known as fah Talai Jone. From August 4 to August 19, 5,000 of these bags were distributed to vulnerable people in 50 areas. The remaining 1,800 people will receive more RBs.
Anucha explained that the bank accounts for the “Office of Permanent Secretary to the Prime Minister’s Office for Donation to Relieve Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)” are open for donations. Donations will help medical and other officials, as well as those in vulnerable groups such as those in “dark red” provinces and others affected by the ongoing Covid crisis.

Thai Police Officer Allegedly Kills Man While He Was Trying To Extort Money From Him

A report claims a police officer from Nakhon Sawan accidentally killed a suspect while attempting to extort the suspect for 2 million baht. The Royal Thai Police are investigating the report.
The investigation began after celebrity lawyer Decha Kittiwittayanan made the claim on Facebook. According to Decha’s post, the case involves the arrests of a man and a woman for drug offenses. Police officers pressured the twosome into paying 1 million baht to be released, but the police colonel wanted them to pay twice as much.
During a negotiation between the police and the suspects, an officer allegedly put a plastic bag over the suspect’s head in an effort to intimidate him. The lawyer claims that the man then suffocated to death.
According to the lawyer, the colonel instructed officers to report the cause of death as drug overdose as soon as the man’s body was taken to the hospital for examination. She was then released from police custody, as a quid pro quo for remaining silent. The official who witnessed the alleged extortion and subsequent killing decided to file a complaint.
Visanu Prasattongosoth responded to the complaint by saying police chief Suwat Jangyodsuk has ordered the investigation expedited since the incident has damaged the credibility of the police.
Inspector Chettha Komolwanna has been assigned to oversee the investigation, according to Visanu. As part of the investigation, the Muang Nakhon Sawan police superintendent has been called in.

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