Pattaya police chief, top regional commanders removed from office

Friday, 06 June 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 23 By  Urasin Khantaraphan

Pattaya’s police chief and two of the region’s top commanders were removed from office as the Thai military consolidated its control of the kingdom’s administration.

Col. Supachai Puikaewkam, who took over in December as Pattaya’s police superintendent, was transferred to an inactive post at Royal Thai Police headquarters May 29. The move was part of a “big purge” of 13 provincial governors and 16 senior police officers.

The military has removed Pattaya’s police chief and two of the region’s top commanders from office.The military has removed Pattaya’s police chief and two of the region’s top commanders from office.

Also sent to a desk job in Bangkok were Chonburi Superintendent Maj. Gen. Khatcha Thatsart and Region 2 Police commander Kawee Supanan.

No successor to Supachai was immediately announced, although inspector Col. Chaiyaporn Thongnapiang was acting as temporary chief.

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