Thailand:Illegal Burmese caught in ‘henhouses’

Police arrested a total of 101 illegal Burmese immigrants, many of them were found living in modified henhouses near an office of a local leader, in Ayutthaya province on Thursday.

The officers stopped two suspected pick-up trucks near the office of the kamnan or sub-district chief of tambon Tanim in Bang Pahan district  about 10 am on Thursday after following the vehicles from the North.  The vehicles, registered in Bangkok, were packed with  30 illegal Burmese immigrants, who were all caught.

Two drivers and another Thai man allegedly responsible for smuggling those immigrants were arrested. They were identified as Suchart Fuengfung, Pramote Jaipradit and Vorapol Srirod.

Local police were called in to the area to round up more illegal immigrants hidden in modified henhouses and living quarters near the kamnan’s office. The sudden raid forced those immigrants to flee, but they were later nabbed.

A total of 101 Burmese, including those caught in the two vehicles, were arrested. They included 54 men and 47 women. Several children were also among those arrested.

Pol Col Chayanon Meesati, superintendent attached to Police Region 1, said police have closely monitored activities of this human smuggling gang for over six months. The gang had transported illegal workers from Burma through Tak’s Mae Sot district.  The immigrants were later taken to Bang Pahan district of Ayutthaya before being sent to factories in Bangkok and surrounding provinces,  he said.

Ayutthaya Governor Witthaya Piewpong said a fact-finding panel will  be set up to investigate Boonlert Porthikul, kamnan of tambon Tanim as the illegal immigrants were arrested near his office. The panel will  look into the involvement of officials in the smuggling of illegal alien workers.   Criminal action will be taken against any officers found involved, said the governor.

Thailand:Cops save 52 Burmese, nab kidnappers

Police have rescued 52 illegal Burmese workers from two houses in Suphan Buri and arrested two Burmese nationals and four other Thais for allegedly illegally detaining them for ransom.

The rescue operation was carried out by the Anti-Human Trafficking Division police team following a complaint by a Burmese woman that her daughter and her son-in-law had been kidnapped by a gang for a 36,000 baht ransom.

In her complaint through the Thai Allied Committee with Desegregated Burma Foundation, the Burmese woman, Ma Te Te, 41, said her daughter and son-in-law had entered Thailand with the help of a Burmese broker, Soe Aung Thui, 25.

On entering Thailand, Soe Aung Thui allegedly detained her daughter and son-in-law before telephoning her and asking her to pay him 36,000 baht in exchange for the pair’s freedom.

The Burmese woman told the police she managed to bargain the ransom down to 15,000 baht and had transferred the money to the gang’s bank account.

She sought help from the foundation after the gang refused to free the two and demanded more money.

Police said they arranged for Soe Aung Thui to make an appointment with the gang at a jetty at Soi Wat Mon in Samut Prakarn’s Klong Dan district with the promise of another 15,000 baht payment.

Police said Soe Aung Thui was arrested when he showed up with Ma Te Te’s son-in-law, Ko Se, 24. Continue reading “Thailand:Cops save 52 Burmese, nab kidnappers”

From China in the Attack on KIA MaungShein Ordered to Get Ammtns Heavy Weapons From Loan-MAH Order-500 Prisonrs Including Political Prisnrs

More than 150 prisoners in Insein Prison in Rangoon were transported to an unknown location by authorities on Thursday. Some observers said the government might be planning to use the prisoners as porters in its offensive against the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in Kachin State.

Weapons and ammunition of two Battalions by KIA at Sang Gang war.

ဆန္ဂန္ တိုက္ပြဲတြင္ ျမန္မာတပ္ရင္း ၂ ရင္းျပဳတ္

Wednesday, 15 June 2011 08:38 KNG
ဇြန္ ၁၅၊ ၂၀၁၁- ဆန္ဂန္ တိုက္ပြဲတြင္ မိုးမိတ္ အေျခစိုက္ ခမရ ၃၄၈ ႏွင့္ အင္ေမာက္ (မိုးေမာက္)အေျခစိုက္ ခမရ ၄၃၇ တပ္ရင္း ၂ ခုျပဳတ္သြားေၾကာင္း KIA အရာရွိမ်ားေျပာသည္။
sang_gang_warWeapons and ammunition of two Battalions by KIA at Sang Gang war.

Revered Mon Monk Abbot Ein Taka Passes Away Today

June 15th, 2011

By Independent Mon News Agency – a Mon Buddhist monk, who is highly respected among Mon Buddhist monks and Mon people in Mon State, passed away today, according to a spokesperson from the monastery at Kamarwet village, Mudon Township, Mon State.

Abbot Ein Taka died at 1:45 p.m. local time in Burma, said the spokesperson.

Today, many villagers in Kamarwet village, Mudon Township, visited his monastery to pay homage to him.

The 75-year-old monk passed away two days after he was discharged from Asia Taw Win Hospital in Rangoon and two months after he had an operation in Singapore for his cancer.

Abbot Ein Taka was the chairman of the Mon Literature and Culture Committee in Mon State, working to educate Mon children by teaching them the Mon language.

Abbot Ein Taka giving a speech at the closing ceremony for Mon Summer SchoolAbbot Ein Taka giving a speech at the closing ceremony for Mon Summer School

The chief minister of Mon State, Ohn Myint paid his respect to Abbot Ein Taka today. Ohn Myint previously provided Abbot Ein Taka with the cancer operation costs in Singapore in April 2011.

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Car Bomb Explosion in Three Pagodas Pass

June 15th, 2011

IMNA – Two ice cream vendors were wounded yesterday from bomb fragmentation after an armed group exploded one of its vehicles in Three Pagodas Pass (TPP).

Speaking to the ambulance driver, who drove both patients to the hospital in Sangklaburi, he explained, “they were injured when the armed group exploded one of its vehicles. Pieces [from the car] exploded and wounded them because the armed group had detained them at that time.”

The two wounded were ice cream sellers, riding in a truck, when they were detained by the armed group and told to wait before the armed group exploded its own car. Both injured spoke Burmese, and one of them was muslim.

IMNA was unable to confirm the reason for which these two were detained, but it is known that the two vendors live in Sangklaburi, Thailand, 22 kilometers from TPP, and always come to TPP on Tuesdays to sell their ice cream.

One of the two was hit in the stomach, while the other was shot in the leg. Due to the severity of the injury, the man with the stomach wound was sent to Kanchanaburi hospital, while the other was treated at Sangklaburi hospital.

Truck bombed by armed group in TPP on June 14th.Truck bombed by armed group in TPP on June 14th.

Yesterday in TPP, an armed group fired an RPG into Aung Tin Win’s home. Known to be a Burmese government supporter, Aung Tin Win owned the largest commodities store in the TPP area, selling gold and timepiece products. Witnesses of the event reported that Aung Tin Win was allowed to leave his home with his family members before the armed group fired the RPG. The house was burnt down and Aung Tin Win reported sustaining a small injury when leaving his shop. Continue reading “Car Bomb Explosion in Three Pagodas Pass”