National Police keep an eye on loan sharks nationwide

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Bangkok – The Royal Thai Police are monitoring 762 loan sharks across the country after some of them have reportedly resorted to violence in their dealings.

Deputy Commissioner General of the Royal Thai Police, Pol Gen Chalermkiat Sriworakhan, convened a meeting on Thursday with representatives of the Ministry of Finance and those from relevant police units to discuss issues related to informal loan providers.

The meeting focused on eliminating loan sharks, reaching out to those in trouble, formalizing their debts, mediating debt-related conflicts and promoting career opportunities among debtors.

Meanwhile, Assistant Police Chief Pol Lt Gen Chaiwat Kateworachai said a police investigation has been launched in response to allegations that individuals on the list of 762 loan sharks have used force against their borrowers.

Pol Lt Gen Chaiwat asserted that none of those on the list is an officer. People who have been threatened or assaulted by a loan shark can seek help by dialing 1135.