100 cops transferred for suspected link to influential figures

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About 100 police officers suspected of being associated with influential criminal figures have been temporarily transferred pending investigations.

Pol Gen Chakthip Chaichinda, the national police chief, said Wednesday that said most of these police officers were based at provincial police bureaus. He added that the transferred officers would be reinstated if they were cleared of any link to the influential criminal figures or syndicates.

However, they will face disciplinary actions if they were found to be associated with the mafia-type figures or syndicates. He assured that all the cases would be treated fairly without prejudice.

Pol Gen Srivara Rangseepromnakul, the deputy national police chief, has been tasked with cracking down on the influential figures and outlaw elements.