Police have traced the seven Rohingya illgal immigrants arrested at Thung Song railway station in Nakhon Si Thammarat province last month to a human trafficking gang allegedly led by a man named “Muhammad” in Pathum Thani province.
The seven Rohingyas–five men and two women–were smuggled across the Thai-Myanmar border into Kanchanaburi province, then to Nakhon Pathom where they were escorted on a south-bound train by a railway police officer, identified as Pol Sub-Lt Chuan Soonkhum, to Hat Yai district of Songkhla province.
Police said that the seven would get off in Hat Yai where they would meet an agent, believed to be linked to Muhammad gang, who would arrange for their journey into Malaysia.
However, they were intercepted at Thung Song railway station by police on Jan 19. Currently, they are being held there as witnesses pending the arrival of officials from the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security who will take them into their custody.
Meanwhile on Wednesday, Special Branch police meet with the Rohingyas in Thung Song as part of their investigation into the illegal activities of Muhammad’s human trafficking gang.
So far, three men have been arrested for suspected involvement with trafficking of the seven Rohingyas. They are the railway police officer Pol Sub-Lt Chuan, Anuwat Kaewmanee, and So Methwattanakul.