Bengal tiger murder suspects expected to surrender

KANCHANABURI: Five men accused of hunting and killing two Bengal tigers near the Myanmar border in Thong Pha Phum district were due to surrender to police today (January 13).

Thong Pha Phum National Park official Charoen Chaichon said today that park officials presented evidence collected at a campsite near the border to investigators from the Pilok police station, reports the Bangkok Post.

Evidence included two slain Bengal tigers, a shotgun, five shotgun cartridges, two homemade rifles, 176 cartridges, two bottles containing gunpowder, a bag of gunpowder, a shotgun loaded, a parcel envelope addressed to Dao Khongjitvivat, a packet of blood pressure pills with Ms Jorpae’s name on it, and 22 ping pong bombs, Mr Charoen said.

National park officials asked police investigators for permission to keep the carcasses of the two Bengal tigers, four folding knives, three flashlights, a solar cell panel with its accessories, five hammocks, ropes and d other objects.

The national park chief said park officials Wanchai Soonkham and Uthen Buaroy had been instructed to file a complaint with the Pilok police against the suspects for violation of the Forest Reserves Act, Parks Act laws and wildlife conservation and protection law.

A source said the five fugitive suspects were local residents. They planned to surrender to police later in the day.

Niphon Chamnongsirisak, Director of Protected Area Regional Office 3 (Ban Pong), revealed the hunting and killing of wild animals at Thong Pha Phum National Park Headquarters yesterday.

National park rangers seized the skins of two Bengal tigers and other items from a campsite near the border with Myanmar on January 9.

Five people fled the campsite, leaving the tiger meat to cook on a grill.

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