One poacher killed, one arrested in clash with forest rangers

A suspected poacher was killed and one arrested after a clash with a forest ranger unit in the western part of the Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary in Kanchanaburi’s Thong Pha Phum district on Saturday (Nov 11).

The incident prompted Chaiwat Limlikit-aksorn, chief of the Phaya Sua Task Force of the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, to fly on a helicopter to the clash site near Ban Huay Suya 1 in Tambon Chalae for inspection.

At the clash site in a dense forest, about 10 kilometres from the Phikhu Forest Protection Unit, a suspected poacher was found lying dead with a gunshot wound in the head.  He was identified as Tewan Bamrungchua, 20.  Another suspect poacher, a Myanmar national called Muser, 35, was arrested.  Another suspect managed to escape.

According to Phaya Sua Task Force officials, the four-member forest rangers unit encountered the three men during the routine patrol. The three tried to run away, prompting the rangers to fire warning shots.

One of the suspected poachers then allegedly fired at the rangers, leading to an exchange of gun shots between the rangers and the poachers, according to Phaya Sua Task Force.

Found with them were the carcasses of two porcupines, two civets, 24 wild frogs, two muzzle-loading rifles and some survival gears.

Mr Chaiwat said the helicopter brought supplies to the forest officials and would take the killed and the arrested out of the forest. The clash would be investigated to ensure justice for both sides in the clash.

Pol Col Wuthipong Yenjit, chief of the Thong Pha Phum police, said the body of the killed would be sent to a forensic science unit in Ratchaburi for an autopsy.