Local news

Panel to probe 1,500 state projects ex-village headman obtained


A COMMITTEE is being set up to investigate over 1,500 state projects worth more than 7.5 billion baht that a former village headman who has been arrested after a policeman was shot dead at a party in his house obtained, Naewna newspaper said this afternoon (Sep. 14).

Deputy National Police Chief Pol. Lt. Gen. Surachate Hakparn, nicknamed Big Joke, told reporters after holding talks with Mr. Prajuck Boonyoung, the auditor-general, that it is necessary to set up a committee to investigate a business network of 1,544 mainly state construction projects Mr. Praween Chanklai, or Kamnan Nok, 34, bid and won since 2011 worth over 7.5 billion baht.

This committee will comprise representatives from the police, the Auditor-General’s Office, Revenue Department, Comptroller General’s Department, National Anti-Corruption Commission and  Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission.

There will be a joint meeting next Tuesday (Sep. 19) at the Provincial Police Region 7 headquarters to divide the duties on investigating various issues including possible bid rigging, illegal bidding, dodging taxes, obtaining money illegally and the financial path used.

All the large number of projects have to be checked and legal action will be taken if wrongdoing is uncovered, he said, adding that with many agencies working together fairness and transparency is assured as doubts could arise if only one agency undertook the whole investigation.

If bid rigging is found then it would have to be checked whether any officials were involved but this is not difficult to do, he added.

In the past no complaints were lodged against Praween because no one dared to file one, he mentioned.

Pol. Maj. Siwakorn Saibua was shot dead and  Pol. Lt. Col. Wasin Panpee was injured during the party at Praween’s house in Nakhon Pathom on Sep. 6.

Praween’s subordinate, Mr. Thananchai Manmak, or Nong Thapha, 45, had fled after the shooting but was tracked down in Kanchanaburi where he was shot dead in an exchange of gunfire with police.

Later Pol. Col. Wachira Yaowthaisong, Highway Police Division 2 superintendent, shot himself dead after being interrogated over the murder of his subordinate at this party.

Pol. Lt. Gen. Surachate also revealed that surveillance camera clips from 13 out of 15 CCTVs installed at Praween’s house had been recovered from a wet server that had been thrown into a canal by one of his workers.

This evidence has been sent to the Provincial Police Region 7 investigation team with the quality of the clips being good.

Work is continuing to retrieve the clips from the two other surveillance cameras with this expected to be completed tomorrow.


Top and Front Page: Mr. Praween Chanklai after he was arrested.

Insert: Deputy National Police Chief Pol. Lt. Gen. Surachate Hakparn. All photos: Naewna


 Also read: Special unit guarding media after threat to shoot journalists

Dead policeman stress out at being quizzed over subordinate’s murder: ‘Big Joke’

‘Big Joke’: Village headman won’t get off the hook

Update: 4 policemen face arrest in colleague’s murder

Former village headman ‘ordered policeman shot dead in the middle of the party’: Police

25 policemen who attended party where colleague was shot dead transferred

Big hunt for gunman who killed a policeman for refusing a transfer


One Reply to “Panel to probe 1,500 state projects ex-village headman obtained

Leave a Reply