A fact-finding panel is to be set up to investigate a complaint filed by about 20 policemen of Thung Yang Daeng police station in Pattani against their superintendent whom they accused of intimidation and insult against them.
The complaint was lodged with Pol Maj-Gen Piyawat Chalermsri, commander of Pattani provincial police, and Lt-Gen Piyawat Nakwanich, commander of the Fourth Army Region.
In parallel with the investigation, Pol Maj-Gen Piyawat said he would try to resolve the conflict between the men and their superior at Thung Yang Daeng police station.
One of the complainants, Pol Corporal Somprasong Sonthana, said they used to file a complaint with the police inspector-general and the Police Operations Centre of Southern Border Provinces in June, but didn’t get any response so they decided to take the case to the provincial police chief and the Fourth Army Region.
He said that their superior, Pol Col Aekpruek Liangsuk, often insulted and intimidated them. He added that they didn’t want to file the complaint, but merely wanted to work in harmony and unity.
Mrs Prik Wangthong, mother of one of the complainants, told the Thai PBS reporter in Pattani that her son had never returned home because he was not allowed to take leave by the superintendent.
She added that her son could not stand the conduct of his superior and wanted to leave the police service.
Latest report said Pol Col Aekpruek has taken leave for an unspecified period of time.