A former deputy police chief accused of forest encroachment

A complaint has been lodged with Wang Nam Khiew district police by a forestry official against former deputy police chief, Pol Gen Chumphon Munmai, former Nakhon Ratchasima police commander and his wife for alleged forest encroachment.

On February 6, a combined force of Wang Nam Khiew district police and officials from Thap Larn national park and police from natural resources and environment protection raided a six-unit housing complex in Suksomboon village in Tambon Thai Samakkhi, Wang Nam Khiew district.

The housing complex is made up of six housing units located on a 13-rai plot of land located close to a creek.

Mrs Tim Uthat, 47, who looks after the complex told the officials she has been working there since 2005 for Pol Gen Chumpon who owns the place. She said the land plot was bought from Pol Maj-Gen Pongdet Prommichit, former commander of Nakhon Ratchasima police, and his wife, Mrs Chayanit.

Mrs Tim further said the former deputy police chief occasionally came to the complex for rest during weekends and hosted parties for friends during festivals.

The raiding party checked the land plot with a GPS device and found out that it was located in the Thap Larn national park.

Pol Gen Chumpon was not available for comments.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)