The ongoing pursuit for the elusive fugitive, Chaowalit Thongduang, across the prominent Banthat Mountain Range, spanning the regions of Phatthalung, Trang, and Satun, has sent waves of unrest through the local inhabitants and wildlife. His sudden escape from a hospital in Nakhon Si Thammarat province since October 22 has propelled the authorities, led by Police Regions 8 and 9 in partnership with Thai Border Police Unit 54, into a relentless manhunt primarily centered around the serene hillside village of Ban Nai Tra, nestled in Trang’s Palian district. Chaowalit, also known as Sia Paeng, has successfully evaded capture so far, leaving trails of distress in his wake.
Despite the overwhelming sense of duty, the effervescent presence of armored helicopters coupled with various security personnel has unintentionally disrupted local life, causing an alarming shift in the traditional livelihood of locals, mainly around the homely village of Tamoht. Villagers have been compelled to forego everyday tasks that contribute to their income, particularly those that require proximity to the dense mountain flora and the tranquil reservoirs. Accompanying the logistical issues, the persistent rumble of helicopter blades and the tumultuous activities of the search force compelled local bird species to evacuate their natural habitats in search of quieter dwellings. Thus, these birds find their new exile in the shelter of the villages resting at the foothills of the Banthat Mountain Range.
The continuous disruptions caused by the relentless hunt for Chaowalit have triggered a surge of discontentment among the regional inhabitants. In response, the leaders of the police force along with the Phatthalung Provincial Police are plotting to call for a strategy reassessment meeting. The aim of the meeting will be to deliberate over the future course of operation – should it continue in full swing, be limited to key overlook posts, or be entirely shelved?
All the while, the Thai Border Police Unit 54 and other teams persist tirelessly in their search throughout the Banthat Mountain Range, repositioning their stationed forces persistently for strategic advantage. The chase, that’s touched the 13th day mark, has yet to offer any sign of Chaowalit, sparking rumors that the hunt may possibly be scaled back. Consequently, only the Phatthalung Provincial Police and a select few members from Unit 54 may continue to scour the designated area.
The adverse side effects of the long-drawn pursuit for Chaowalit warrant a critical evaluation of the current circumstances, bearing in mind its significant impact on the local community and environment. The impending meeting’s outcome is critical! It will dictate the forward direction of the operation, with the authorities forced to strike a delicate balance – prioritizing public safety but keenly aware of the negative implications of the ongoing manhunt. It’s a tightrope only time will tell if they manage to walk successfully, reported KhaoSod.