Retired police general Salang Bunnag plunges to his death

Former deputy national police chief Pol Gen Salang Bunnag plunged to his death from the seventh floor of a shopping mall in Chaengwattana area on Sunday in what was believed to be a suicide.

Police said they found a hand-written note in the 81-year retired police officer’s body. The note which was addressed to his children and friends read as follows: “Dad will be alive not more than two years and better will leave in a useful way. All who are aware of this should protest against the dual-track project, the elevated train projects and push for autobahn. Distribute this note as many as possible. I have counted 1 to 1,000. This method will be beneficial . (I) apologize everyone I love. Signed Pol Gen Salang Bunnag.”

The footnote reads: “Don’t reprimand, be proud. If (I) do not do like this, no one will know about it because the media will help in the cover-up.”

Pol Cpt Thanawat Chevitsophon, deputy inspector of Pakkred police, said he was alerted from witnesses that a man who appeared to have fallen from a shopping mall was found lying on the ground floor in front of a bakery shop and he immediately rushed to the scene with some of his men.

The victim who was later identified as Pol Gen Salang Bunnag was rushed to Jalaprathan hospital but was declared dead upon arrival.

The victim who was later identified as Pol Gen Salang Bunnag was rushed to Jalaprathan hospital but was declared dead upon arrival.

The police team then checked all the CCTV cameras on the 7th floor of the mall where Salang was last seen and interviewed several shoppers who witnessed the incident.

According to witness accounts, Salang who was earlier seen walking on the 7th floor walked right to the glass barricade, climbed over it and plunged below.

Police said they would invite the victim’s relatives for questioning to find more details about the cause of the apparent suicide.

Pol Col Krisana Pattanacharoen, deputy spokesman of the Royal Thai Police, expressed condolence of the family of the former deputy police chief. He said that police would have to investigate the actual cause of the apparent sucide and an autopsy could be conducted.