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9-year-old boy shot dead by stray bullets.

Posted by arnon_k On September - 2 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

A 9-year-old boy has been shot to death on a public bus and a 12-year-old girl wounded in separate brawls involving rival technical college students.

Jatuporn Pholphaka, 9, known as Nong Thian, a Prathom 3 student at Wat Bamphen Nuea School, died yesterday morning after being rushed to a nearby hospital after being hit by bullets sprayed by a technical college student at the back door of a bus on which he was travelling.

Nong Thian sustained four gun wounds to the face, two to the neck, and another to the left shoulder.

The boy was standing behind his 11-year-old brother waiting to get off the No.113 bus at a stop near Soi Ramkhamhaeng166 in Min Buri district when the brawl broke out.

As the bus stopped and its doors opened, one man darted into the bus and “acted as if he had just escaped from something dangerous”, said Nittaya Phulaiyao, 31, the bus conductor.

She said a group of about 20 Bang Kapi Technology School students emerged from the soi chasing after the man. They began hurling bottles and wooden sticks at the bus, prompting passengers to shout for the driver to leave the bus stop.

Ms Nittaya said a student pulled out a handgun as the bus started moving and shot repeatedly at the back door of the bus. Nong Thian collapsed after being shot.

Ungsu Khamwong, 39, the mother of the boy, wept as she identified the body of her son at the Bang Chan police station.

Ms Ungsu, who works as an inspector on the No.113 bus route, said she had witnessed several brawls involving students on the streets but would not have thought one of her two sons would become a victim of one of the incidents.

“I beg those violent students to stop,” she said. “Fighting will only lead to more losses. This shouldn’t have happened, really. It’s heartbreaking for a mother like me to lose a son to stray bullets.”

Police are trying to identify students suspected of being involved in the brawl and are focusing their investigations on the student who shot at the bus and caused the death of Nong Thian.

In Samut Prakan, Suthita Luecha, 12, a student at Noppakhun Witthaya School, was also hit by a stray bullet yesterday morning while travelling on a public bus.

Suthita was hit in her right shoulder as the bus passed a group of about 10 Chamni Technology School students who were standing in front of the No.25 bus terminal.

Somebody in the group fired a gun at rival students who were travelling on the same bus as the girl.

Police arrested about 30 students and confiscated 20 knives following the incident.

Interior reshuffle approved

Posted by arnon_k On August - 31 - 2010 1 COMMENT

The cabinet on Tuesday approved the appointments of high-level officials proposed by the Interior Ministry.

The appointments, effective from Oct 1, are as follows:

– Vichien Chaovalit, director-general of the Community Development Department, to be director-general of the Provincial Administration Department;
– Surachai Khan-asa, Samut Prakan governor, to be director-general of the Community Development Department;
– Kwanchai Wongnitikorn, deputy permanent secretary for interior, to be director-general of the Local Administration Department;
– Wiboon Sanguanpong, deputy permanent secretary for interior, to be director-general of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department;
– Sumeth Saengnimnual, Chiang Rai governor, to be inspector-general;
– Surapol Pongthadsirikul, Chachoengsao governor, to be deputy permanent secretary for interior;
– Wallop Pingpong, Samut Sakhon governor, to be deputy permanent secretary for interior; and
– Chonchuen Boonyasas, Uthai Thani governor, to be deputy permanent secretary for interior.

Sources said most of the officials appointed are close to Saksayam Chidchob, chairman of a working committee of Interior Minister Chavarat Charnvirakul and younger brother of Newin Chidchob, de facto leader of the Bhumjaithai Party.

The cabinet has previously approved the highly controversial appointment of Mongkol Surasajja, chief of the Provincial Administration Department, as the new permanent secretary. He is a former governor of Buri Ram, Mr Newin’s home province, and was 54th on the seniority list for the job.

The cabinet also approved on Tuesday the Office of the Civil Service Commission’s proposal to issue a regulation to protect officials and those working with state agencies from sexual harassment.

Montenegro PM: Thaksin will be caught if guilty

Posted by arnon_k On August - 31 - 2010 1 COMMENT

Ousted Thaksin Shinawatra will be caught if his name contained in Interpol’s list, Montenegro Prime Minister Milan Rosen said after the meeting with Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya. Montenegro PM also insists that the Thaksin case does not damage relationship of Thailand and Montenegro.

Rosen explained about visa and Montenegro nationality approval for ousted Thaksin is the policy of his government that normally gives for investors who invest in Montenegro so it does not mean to interfere in Thailand’s internal affair.

Moreover, Montenegro and other countries hope Thailand will solve the problem by peaceful mean, Montenegro PM said.

Democrat does not abandoned me: Sirichok

Posted by arnon_k On August - 30 - 2010 1 COMMENT

Songkhla Democrat MP Sirichok Sopha has refused that the party abandoned him after meeting with Victor Bout. MP who is dubbed as “Mr.Wallpaper” insists that the meeting does not mean interference the case, but to find out more information for Prime Minister to make the decision what to do next.

Sirichok said that he does not talk with Deputy Prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban after the rumor emerged yet, but believed that the deputy well understands his work.

Sirichok confirmed that his action will not make things go mess or damage international relation. For clearly understanding, I will explain any information in the party meeting on Aug 31, Mr.Wallpaper said.