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Man charged with burning forest in Chiang Mai

By The Nation

 

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Police arrested a suspected arsonist in Doi Inthanon National Park in Chiang Mai province on Thursday (April 9), as part of a clampdown on forest-burning that has seen air pollution spike in the northern region.

 

Patrols conducted by Chom Thong Police Station, Doi Inthanon National Park and Chong Thong district administrative organisation led to the arrest of a 29-year-old suspected fire-setter.

 

The suspect was found with seven lighters, a knife and drugs in his possession. Police charged him with committing arson in the forest in violation of the Forest Act and possession of drugs (methamphetamine).

 

Deputy police spokesman Pol Col Kritsana Pattanacharoen said that the wildfire problem in the northern region had to be dealt with seriously as it was severely affecting residents’ health.

 

Levels of the most hazardous PM2.5 air pollution have soared over the North in recent weeks.

 

The spokesman said that if anyone noticed activity that might lead to fire, they could contact the police via the 24-hour 191 hotline.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30385732

 

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500 baht and a Wai, then off to the temple ...

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Maybe he has been setting all the fires?

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10 minutes ago, TheFishman1 said:

The pollution in Chiangmai is just terrible TIT

Well at least it keeps some people at home. I've heard there is a nasty virus about.

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They actually caught one !,in reality if found guilty he should be

given say 10 years,they have to make an example of a few Aronists

to show they are really serious about stopping the burning......we will

never learn what sentence he was given,as there is never any follow

up on stories like this,but i am sure having the Meth will be a bigger

worry for him.

regards worgeodie

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35 minutes ago, hotchilli said:

He might also be a vagrant living rough in the forest, while all the farmers who do all the real damage go free.


I suppose he might have been set up but, in general, if you are found with seven lighters, a knife and drugs in your possession, you probably are a firebug.

 

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