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Rohingya convoy drivers sought

Nucharee Rakrun

Rohingya convoy drivers sought
January 20
03:20 2015

By Nurcharee Rakrun

Police have issued warrants for the owners of five pickup trucks used to transport 98  Rohingya  victims, three of whom later died.  The five are wanted for questioning about three drivers who fled the scene while the victims were being transported from Phangnga to Songkhla, said Pol Col Jian Chunoo, a senior police investigator at Hua Sai police station in Nakhon Si Thammarat.

Authorities rounded up the Rohingya at a road checkpoint in Hua Sai district last Sunday after stopping a convoy of five pickup trucks. The drivers of three vehicles fled and the other two were arrested.

They were identified as Sawat Phadungchart, 29, of Suksamran district in Ranong, and Suthipong Chuaypat, 49, of Chaiya district in Surat Thani.

The two drivers reportedly told police that they had picked the Rohingya up from a coastal area of Phangnga and were taking them to Songkhla.

One woman was crushed to death while being transported in one of the crammed pickup trucks and two others died later at a hospital in Nakhon Si Thammarat.

The 95 Rohingya victims, now being housed at a temporary shelter in Hua Sai, will be delivered into the care of the Social Development and Human Security Ministry next week, said Pol Col Jian.

Thousands of Rohingya have forced to flee their homes in Arakan( Rakhine) state in Myanmar, where they have faced severe persecution. Most of them are forced to leave their ancestral land and travel to Malaysia via Thailand due to the one sided attack by Rakhine extremist.Unfortunately many of them fall into the hands of human traffickers.

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Source:Bangkok post

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