This was exposed after troops from the Second Army Region and officials from the government’s Anti-Corruption Office conducted a field inspection of Lamtakong self-help cooperatives in Pak Chong district following a complaint from the Lop Buri-based Special Force Centre that over 10,000 rai of its training ground had been encroached by the cooperatives.
The inspection team found a big house under construction and ordered an attendant of the place, Mr Savek Atthakitviroj, for interrogation. Another big house located one kilometer away which is equipped with a swimming pool was said to be owned by a police major-general, said Mr Savek, adding that several police generals and university lecturers have houses in the same area which was sitting on the military-owned land.
Mr Khaengkhan Seetathani, an official of Lamtakong cooperatives, admitted that the cooperatives had encroached on about 10,000 rai of the military land. He said that the local land officials had stopped issuing land rights documents for the land in the cooperatives but have not revoked the documents earlier issued.
Colonel Sommai Busaba, a legal officer of the Second Army Region who was on the inspectioin team, said that in the past few years several houses had been built on the land in question with roads cut through the land up to the spots where the houses were built and power poles erected.
The inspection of the alleged encroached land in Lamtakong is part of the attempt by the National Council for Peace and Order to reclaim state-owned land from encroachers.