6 June 2024

The shooting in Nakhon Pathom province last week, in which a highway police officer was killed, is unacceptable and beyond expectation, said Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin today (Tuesday).

Srettha invited National Police Commissioner Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittipraphat to give him a briefing about the incident and progress in the investigation.

“I emphasised to the police chief that the investigations have to be fair. Such an incident will never be accepted. No one would expect that to happen,” Srettha said.

The fatal shooting occurred during a party at the house of Praween Chanklai, aka “Kamnan Nok”, the chief of Ta Kong sub-district in Mueang district of Nakhon Pathom last Wednesday.

Praween’s close aide, known as “Nong”, allegedly shot and killed a highway police officer, Pol Maj Sivakorn Saibua, and injured another.

Nong was later killed by police during a gunfight as he resisted arrest.

The shooting at Praween’s house occurred in front of scores of police officers attending a dinner party.

Arrest warrants were issued for many of those in the house at the time of the shootings, for helping Kamnan Nok escape and for tampering with evidence.

Srettha said he wants to tell all police, as a chairperson of Police Commission, that his government will not tolerate influential groups or mafia.

He promised that he will do everything in his power to prevent such an incident from happening again and will treat all parties concerned with fairness.

Srettha asked for time to solve the problems and guaranteed that, if he finds any corruption or wrongdoing, he will deal with it immediately.