11 July 2024

Warrants for the arrests of three Myanmar migrant workers are to be issued soon, because police have reason to believe that they may be responsible for the murder of an entire ethnic Hmong family at a farm in Wang Chao district of Thailand’s western province of Tak last Sunday.

Pol Col Wasant Sirikarnkomol, superintendent of Wang Chao district police, said on Saturday that the head of the Hmong family had been involved in a quarrel with the workers over unpaid wages for working in his tapioca field.

He said that the Hmong man had postponed the payment until all the crops were harvested.

On Friday night, police found the victim’s farm truck, which is believed to have been stolen by the Myanmar workers in their escape bid. The truck was found near Huai Yai creek, in Ban Mae Lamao of Phop Phra district, by villagers who reported it to the police.

The truck had already been recovered by the victim’s relatives when police arrived in Ban Pha Phueng, so the team went to the home of the victim’s relatives to impound and examine the vehicle.

Police questioned numerous villagers in the victim’s neighbourhood who confirmed that the murdered man had hired a group of Myanmar migrants to work in his tapioca field.