Angry crowd surrounds Phuket police station after two killed

Angry crowd surrounds Phuket police station after two killed

An angry crowd of about 500 people surrounded Thalang police station in Phuket on Saturday (Oct 10) to demand justice after two people were killed in a police chase.

PHUKET, Thailand: An angry crowd of about 500 people surrounded Thalang police station in Phuket on Saturday (Oct 10) to demand justice after two people were killed in a police chase.

About 700 police officers and military personnel have been dispatched from nearby Krabi and Phang Nga for reinforcement at the police station in Thalang, local news site Phuketwan reported.

At least five cars near the police station were reportedly set on fire as the protest continued.

Phuket Governor Chamreon Tipayapongthada is investigating the alleged deadly police chase that claimed the lives of the two victims - Prathomwat Panarak, 22, and a 17-year-old whose name has been withheld, according to Phuket News.

Thalang Police Lt Col Amnoy Kraiwuttianan explained that the two men were drug suspects and were speeding when the patrol car gave chase, Phuket News reported.

The motorbike lost control and slammed head on into another oncoming patrol car near the entrance of Tonsai Waterfall Road. The crash left both victims with severe head injuries and they were pronounced dead upon arrival at Thalang Hospital.

Lt Col Amnoy added that officers found 50 meth pills and one kilogramme of kratom on the victims at the accident site.

Source: CNA/al

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