An army conscript who was earlier suspected to have been beaten to death by his drill sergeants was diagnosed to have died of stomach infection from gastric ulcers and fractured intestines, according to the forward command of the Internal Security Operations Command in Pattani province.
The command’s spokesman, Colonel Pramote Prommin told the media at the Sirindhorn camp in Pattani of the result of the autopsy report undertaken by a team of doctors at Songkhla Nagarind hospital in Hat Yai on the dead victim, Pvt Adisak Noipitak, of the 15th artillery battalion of the 5th artillery regiment based at Thepsatree Srisunthorn camp.
Adisak died while undergoing training on November 11. But social media suggested that he might be beaten up or badly mistreated by his drill masters.
Colonel Pramote said the team doctors had informed the victim’s parents of the actual cause of his death which was attributable to stomach infection stemming from gastric ulcers and fractured intestines.
Adisak appeared to suffer from the infection before he was enlisted to the army and there were no traces which would suggest that he was beaten up, he said, adding that the bruises in his body were actually caused by the infection.
However, the spokesman said that the army would make sure that the victim’s family would be given welfare support and would arrange for the funeral for him.