Don Muang New Market operator could face legal action

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Bangkok – Police are set to take legal action against the operator of Don Muang New Market for violating several laws.

Deputy Commissioner of the Tourist Police Bureau, Pol Maj Gen. Surachet Hakpan convened a meeting Wednesday with officials from the Anti-Money Laundering Office, the Revenue Department, Don Muang District Office and the Food and Drug Administration regarding a lawsuit against the operator.

They reviewed the evidence involving those suspected of invading public spaces, selling substandard food and beauty items and forcing vendors to pay extra money for their businesses. Pol Maj Gen. Surachet said all cases will be handled fairly.

Meanwhile, Pol Lt Col Santhana Prayoonrat, Advisor to Pattana Talad Mai Don Muang Co Ltd, said he was not collecting extra fees from vendors at the market as accused, claiming that the money was for expenses related to security, traffic management and cleaning. However, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said it is inappropriate for Pol Lt Col Santhana to be doing such a thing.