Testimonies from 15 victims of a kidnapping gang operating in the Bangbo district of Samut Prakan and the Bangpakong district of Chachoengsao have called for the suspension of the six police officers involved.
The gang, comprising of 10 members – six police officers and four civilians – have been accused of abducting and extorting money from no less than 15 people over the past months.
Statements were provided at Klongdan Police Station in Samut Prakan by 15 of the victims in the presence of their lawyer, Atchariya Reungrattanaphong, who is also President of the Crime Victims Assistance Association.
Mr. Reungrattanaphong said that he wants all of the accused officers involved in the case to be suspended pending a full investigation. He said:
“The victims reached out to the association after they had been kidnapped by a gang comprising six police officers and four civilians. I have informed National Police Chief Pol General Jakthip Chaichinda about the incidents and urged him to have the accused officers suspended from duty until the investigation is complete.”
One of the victims, Nanthawat Op-orm told the story of what happened to him and his family. He said that he was driving from Rayong to Bangphlee district in Samut Prakan when police stopped him.
They searched his car, finding nothing illegal inside, but proceeded to bring him, his wife, and his three children to a deserted football stadium.
Mr. Op-orm then claims he and his wife were tortured by the gang who threatened to press drug charges against them if they didn’t pay 100,000 baht.
Because he didn’t have the money, Mr. Op-orm said he and his family were then locked in two rooms on Sukhumvit Road for two days. Eventually, he managed to find 52,500 baht and was let go by the gang.
All 15 incidents are currently under investigation, however, the accused police officers involved continue to report for duty for now.
The case follows news that two police officers and one soldier have been sentenced to death following the abduction and murder of a woman in 2016.
Source: The Nation