Tanyakan family: the latest to lose their loved one in military compound

The Tanyakan is not the only and first family who lost their loved one in a military compound.

Over the past six years there are at least six men died from alleged abuses by military personels in the military barrack which is off-limits to outsiders.

Before the death of Pakapong Tanyakan, a 18-year-old first-year student at the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School, at the school’s compound on Oct 17 from cause which is yet to be medically proven, there were six other fatalities in army barracks.

According to the Online Way Magazine, the six cases are:

1.Pvt Yutthakinan Boonniam, 22 

Pvt Yutthakinan was a conscript based at Vibhavadi Rangsit barrack in Surat Thani province.  He died on April 1 this year after he was locked up in the camp’s prison for skipping sentry duty.  Investigation showed that he was beaten up and tortured for two days while in detention and was not allowed to be taken to the hospital.

2.Cpl Panya Ngernrien, 23

Cpl Panya was a trooper attached to the 3rd infantry battalion of the 19th infantry regiment.  He died on June 22, 2016 after he was forced to run under the hot sun and ordered to perform 20 back jumps until he fainted from heat stroke.

3.Pvt Songtham Moodmud, 23

Pvt Songtham was a conscript based at Payak barrack in Bannang Sata district of Yala.  He died on April 4, 2016. He was beaten up and tortured by an army sub-lieutenant and four other soldiers after he had a fight with a colleague.

4.Cpl Kittikorn Sutheepan, 25

He was a soldier at Veeravatyothin barrack under the jurisdiction of the 25th army circle.  He died on February 21, 2016 after he was beaten up by four conscripts.  He was diagnosed of suffering a fractured stomach and serious brain injury.

5.Sub-Lt Sanan Thongdeenok, 30

Sub-Lt Sanan was attached to the 1st infantry battalion of the Royal Guards.  He died on June 6, 2015 after he was forced to swim until he drowned.

6.Pvt Wichien Pueksom, 25

Pvt Wichien was attached to the 4th development battalion based at the Narathiwat Rajanagarind Military Camp.  He died on June 5, 2011 after he was beaten up by 10 soldiers.  He was diagnosed of being dead from sudden kidney failure.