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3 moto-taxi nabbed over Udomsuk brawl

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3 moto-taxi nabbed over Udomsuk brawl

By The Nation

 

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POLICE have arrested three men in connection with Saturday’s deadly brawl between two rivalling moto-taxi gangs.

 

The brawl, reportedly involving close to 100 men, erupted in the Udomsuk area of Bangkok’s Bang Na district, resulting in two deaths. 

 

Two of the detained suspects, Piya Puangkaysorn and Rangsan Sornchaiyakorn, face several charges including collusion to kill others. Arrest warrants had been issued for them, as well as for Wanchai Mongkhonkhem, who is now on the run. 

 

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The third detained suspect, Charoen Charoenphon, was charged with unauthorised possession of a gun. 

 

Metropolitan Police chief Pol Lt-General Suttipong Wongpin said police will soon seek arrest warrants for another four suspects. 

 

“They will face different charges, depending on their role in the brawl,” he said.

 

Asked about widely shared clips that suggest the men killed in the brawl may have taken part in the fight, Sutipong said police needed time to investigate the incident. 

 

Initially, it was reported that 20-year-old Weerawat Pheungkrut was a bystander and fatally struck by a bullet. He is survived by his mother and wife, who is four-months pregnant. 

 

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Also killed was Watcharin Nga-chalao, one of the taxi-motorcyclists involved in the turf clash between rival taxi queues. 

 

Police said more than 100 members of the “Udomsuk 1” and “Udomsuk Rungruang” taxi stands began brawling shortly after 10am on Saturday. 

 

Far outnumbered, police were unable to stop the fight. One of the Udomsuk Rungruang bikers, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it started after he was prevented from delivering a passenger to his destination and was forced to take off his jacket.

 

“I returned to my stand to tell my friends what happened and we decided to confront the other guys, but they outnumbered us and we got beaten up,” he said. 

 

Kritton Sriboonmee, also of Udomsuk Rungruang, estimated there were nearly 100 men on the rival side, “armed with batons and wooden bars”, and he was struck on the head.

 

“I ran for my life, and then I heard four or five gunshots,” he said, adding that the two taxi stands have been locking horns since last year. Udomsuk Rungruang is a newer stand, though neither has a proper licence.

 

Metropolitan Police Division 5 chief Pol Maj-General Mongkhon Warunno said all the brawlers had been identified and the key men on both sides will be interrogated. 

 

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Details emerge on deadly moto-taxi brawl

By The Nation

 

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Saturday’s street brawl between members of two unauthorised taxi-motorcycle stands in Bangkok has now claimed two lives.

 

The dead include a passer-by, 20-year-old deliveryman Weerawat Pheungkrut, who was struck in the forehead by a stray bullet. He is survived by his mother and a four-months-pregnant wife.

 

Weerawat’s mother witnessed his fatal wounding on Soi Udomsuk (Soi Sukhumvit 103) in Bang Na district as her son rushed to remove his own motorcycle from the scene so it wouldn’t be damaged.

 

Also killed was Watcharin Nga-chalao, one of the taxi-motorcyclists involved in the turf clash between rival taxi queues.

 

Police said more than 100 members of the “Udomsuk 1” and “Udomsuk Rungruang” taxi stands began brawling shortly after 10am on Saturday.

 

Far outnumbered, police were unable to stop the fighting.

 

One of the Udomsuk Rungruang bikers, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it started after he was prevented from delivering a passenger to his destination and forced to take off his taximan’s jacket.

 

“I went back to my stand to tell my friends what happened and we decided to confront the other guys, but they outnumbered us and we got beaten up,” he said.

 

Kritton Sriboonmee, also of Udomsuk Rungruang, estimated there were nearly 100 men on the rival side, “armed with batons and wooden bars”, and he was struck on the head. 

 

“I ran for my life,” Kritton said, “and then I heard four or five gunshots.”

 

He said the two taxi stands have been locking horns since Udomsuk Rungruang was established last year. Its members refused to give up their claim “because neither of us has a proper licence”, Kritton said.

 

Metropolitan Police Division 5 commander Pol Maj General Mongkhon Warunno said the identities of all the brawlers were known and the main men on both sides would be interrogated.

 

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Pol Lt General Suttipong Wongpin listed four likely charges – collusion to kill, collusion to injure, carrying guns without permits, and assembling in groups of more than 10 to commit unlawful acts.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30371176

 

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2 hours ago, webfact said:

Saturday’s street brawl between members of two unauthorised taxi-motorcycle stands in Bangkok has now claimed two lives.

not particularly efficient human population control

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Obviously the police on patrol don't have access to hand held radios to call for backup, you can't tell me this was all over in 2 minutes. As for the motocy taxis they should be made to get proper licences and register their little plot on  the footpath

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The videos of this brawl/turf war were interesting, first for the general mayhem, the ebb-flow and the vast array of weapons that seem to instantly materialize.

 

The police, and there were dozens there, did nothing, perhaps that's the recommended crowd-control procedure here.

 

 

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They really aren’t wired up right here !!

Who in their right mind would take what looks like a kid around 8 year old( rescue guy ) to look at a body laying on the kerb with blood pouring out of it ??

 

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Nabbed and then what, 500 Baht fine and wai and monkhood???

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Over 100 involved in the fight, so far 3 arrest warrants issued, 2 detained one on the run... another 4 arrest warrants to follow.

Two taxi stand involved in the war & neither have licenses to operate.. the true image of Thailand 2019

a complete and utter mess!

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Why are the police issued guns, so the belt will hold their pants up

Just shoot a few of the brawlers, the rest will get the idea and stop

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How are Tat gonna spin this,oh yeah,swept under carpet,hell that carpet must be about 100m high by now.

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The police are totally complicit in this. Everywhere within Thailand.

Three arrested, well that's a joke.

But but but but the police should be paid more....some may say..

 

Check tomorrow how many win taxis have a yellow license plate as it means they have bothered to get registered as you go around.

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