In the depths of Nakhon Pathom province, where local magnate Praween exercises his power as a subdistrict chief, an unsettling tale of cold-blooded homicide unfolded. The residence of this influential figure became not just a scene of festivity but also of calculated, brutal murder, and an associated bid to sweep damning proof under the rug.
During one of the usual social gatherings at Praween’s residence, Pol Major Siwakorn Saibua, an upstanding inspector with the Highway Police’s 2nd command, met his untimely end. What should have been an evening of camaraderie quickly became a nefarious plot, reportedly traced back to a contentious promotion dispute.
According to multiple eyewitness accounts, Thananchai Manmak, a suspected henchman for Praween, sauntered towards the dining table. Without warning, he unleashed an eruption of gunfire, resulting in Siwakorn’s death and the injury of another unsuspecting officer. This chilling event took an even darker turn as Thananchai ended up dead two days later in a bloody encounter with the CIB police in Kanchanaburi province.
Jirabhop, a lead investigator on the case, informed about the collection of video footage from 15 of the residence’s CCTV cameras. Two cameras positioned strategically overlooking the dining area were found mysteriously disconnected — pointing towards an intentional effort to erase incriminating evidence. The damning video footage, coupled with eyewitness testimonies, data on the firearm used in the crime, and obvious attempts at evidence tampering, were sufficient to levy charges of premeditated murder against Praween.
Supervising the investigation, Deputy national police chief Pol General Surachate Hakparn revealed intentions to possibly file charges of neglect of duty against on-duty officials present at the party. Additionally, he noted that only eight of over 20 police officers present were sighted assisting the victim to the hospital post-shooting. Quite a contrast, the remainder were spotted fleeing or hidden, a blatant demonstration of their abdication of duty.
Stressing his disgust, Surachate further highlighted instances where certain officials, even those with ranks, fabricated stories of heroism, trying to portray they had offered help. However, video evidence blatantly contradicted their dubious narratives. “This is unacceptable,” Surachate furiously stated. “They will face the dual onslaught of legal charges and disciplinary punishment.”
In an additional twist to this sinister plot, a probe has been launched into Praween’s financial activities for any signs of corruption and money-laundering offences. With Praween’s strings in the construction business pulled taut, he has allegedly bagged over 1,500 project contracts in the province. Such a considerable volume of successful bids lent, Surachate inferred, a suggestion of potential bid-rigging.