Pol Gen Srivara visits Loei to probe Karnasuta family’s land ownership

Deputy National Police Chief Pol Gen Srivara Ransibrahmanakul on Tuesday (Feb 13) led a team of officials from several agencies to Loei province to investigate alleged massive land encroachment by companies associated with Italian-Thai Development Plc boss Premchai Karnasuta.

Pol Gen Srivara inspected Rangyen resort on a 19-rai land plot in Phu Rua district.

The resort is currently owned by CPK International Company of which Mr Premchai is a member of the board of directors.

The 19-rai land plot is just a fraction of the entire land – about 6,000 rai – held by the company and many of them were suspected to be illegally encroached or bought from local people without proper land documents.

Loei land official Mr Pimon Poonsa-nga disclosed that in 2003, land office in Loei had revoked several land certificates of the company because many land plots have encroached on national forest reserves.

Officials concerned started a second scrutiny of the various land plots in Loei province held by the company after Mr Premchai was arrested with three other individuals for alleged illegal hunting in Thung Yai Naresuan world heritage site last week.

Regarding the hunting case, Mr Chaiwat Limlikhit-aksorn, chief of the Phya Sua task force and police investigators on Tuesday re-examined the location where Mr Premchai’s group put up their camp on Feb 3-4 in order to find more evidence.

 

Mr Chaiwat said the re-examination found that there is no communities within a 100-square metre radius from camp site, therefore, it was impossible that wildlife meat and carcasses found at Mr Premchai’s camp were brought in by someone else.

Regarding Mr Premchai’s claim that he set up the camp at this location instead of going to the area designated for camping because he was afraid of getting lost, Mr Chaiwat said this was also unreasonable because the path leading to the area is a straight one with no junctions.

He said forest rangers believed that Mr Premchai and his team shot dead the black panther some time during the evening of Feb 3 and early morning of Feb 4.

A Thung Yai Naresuan wildlife sanctuary official said the area where Mr Premchai set up his camp was frequently visited by black panthers which came down for water.

Meanwhile, Mr Premchai’ s car which was used in the jungle trip was re-examined for the second time by officials of the Scientific Crime Detection Division to find DNA samples.