By Thai Newsroom Reporters
DEPUTY INTERIOR MINISTER Chada Thaiset today (Oct.7) admitted to having as many as 23 handguns and rifles in his private possession.
The deputy interior minister told reporters he merely liked to collect guns and rifles which, he said, have a “beautiful design” and that he has possessed them as private keepsakes at home in Uthai Thani.
Chada said he will gladly offer to give away those firearms in his private collection to the authorities or to pay any rate of personal income tax for them.
Previously viewed as a notorious, influential person of the central province, Chada said he had never used his guns, all of which, he said, had been registered, to harm anyone.
Chada was largely known to have collected guns since he began to lock horns with others in and around his native province and since his father and brother were gunned down purportedly due to conflict of interest.
According to the National Anti-Corruption Commission’s recently published report, the deputy interior minister attached to the Bhumjaithai has been found to have 23 guns and rifles in his private possession at home.
Meanwhile, the outspoken deputy interior minister, concurrently performing as an MP, has earlier vowed to take unrelenting legal measures against unlawful, influential figures in all parts of the country and warned those who may have acted in violation of the law to completely give it up.
He said the Department of Administration has put more than 700 unlawful, influential people nationwide on a watch list and that they all might probably be “uprooted” if they declined to abide by the law in the next few months.
Deputy Interior Minister Chada Thaiset. Top photo: Thai Rath, Front Page photo: Matichon