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Man arrested for allegedly killing Tak national park ranger

By THE NATION

 

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A park ranger was shot dead while driving back after inspecting illegal logging in national park areas, Somchai Wichiankanlayarat, head of Klong Wang Chao National Park in Tak province, said on Tuesday (July 14) at 10.20am.

 

“The rangers had found logs and several logging equipment but no offenders around, so they confiscated the evidence and drove back to the national park office,” he said. “Officials reported that they heard one gunshot from behind and later saw ranger Krissada Kabbua fall down, after being hit in the back of the head by bullets that went through the truck’s rear windscreen. They tried to rush him to a hospital but Krisada succumbed to his injuries.”

 

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Later at around 7pm Wang Chao police arrested Suchat Saejow, aged 48, a resident of Tak province while he was driving past officials who were scanning the area for the suspect. Police reportedly found a long shotgun in his car.

 

Suchat reportedly confessed that the logging equipment that had been confiscated earlier belonged to him, and that he had fired the gun at the park rangers’ truck in revenge. He was charged with illegal logging and murder.

 

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Krissada Kabbua

 

“The National Park expressed its condolence to the family of Krissada who died in line of duty, and will provide funeral allowance as well as other benefits as required by the law,” said Somchai.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30391327

 

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7 hours ago, webfact said:

Suchat reportedly confessed that the logging equipment that had been confiscated earlier belonged to him, and that he had fired the gun at the park rangers’ truck in revenge

Hope he gets a long time to reflect on his "vengeful actions" 

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Very sad, a man dedicated to preserving the environment in a National Park. My condolences to his family and RIP. It just goes to show how ruthless "illegal trade" can be - logging, mining, wildlife (such as pangolins, tigers and ivory tusks).  I bet most of it is destined for the Chinese markets.  

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20 hours ago, webfact said:

The rangers had found logs and several logging equipment but no offenders around, so they confiscated the evidence and drove back to the national park office

Strange they decided against setting up a bust.  After they left the loggers would be able to come back and drive away with all the logs with impunity. They had to know this. Maybe they were trying to skirt around some prearranged deal or didn't want to know who the culprit was.

 

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1 hour ago, canopy said:

Strange they decided against setting up a bust.  After they left the loggers would be able to come back and drive away with all the logs with impunity. They had to know this. Maybe they were trying to skirt around some prearranged deal or didn't want to know who the culprit was.

 

Lot of assumptions, your assuming that the suspect had not seen the rangers arrive. He would have known the rangers knew and not shown himself. Its not that easy as you make it out.


Sure you could be right of course but to think that loggers are stupid is a mistake. Though in this case the logger was a stupid idiot for shooting at the ranger.

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very angry to read this. These are not "loggers', but are thieves and vandals. Nor are they  "poor" people trying to eke out a living. Poaching and the theft of natural resources is a very lucrative business. There is no cost of goods sold, so highly profitable.  Unfortunately, no one  can undertake the activity without the co-operation of those in power.

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