Two arrested for sheltering and 7 Rohingya illegal migrants

Nakhon Si Thammarat provincial police have arrested two people, including a railway police officer, and charged them for sheltering seven Rohingya illegal migrants.

The Rohingya migrants, all are under 18 years old, were apprehended by railway police in Thung Song district as they were travelling on a south-bound train to Songkhla’s Hat Yai district from Nakhon Pathom on Jan 17.

Royal Thai Police spokesperson Pol Col Krissana Pattanacharoen said the two suspects were arrested on Friday (Jan 19) in Nakhon Pathom after they were found to give shelter to the seven Rohingyas and facilitate their trip to Hat Yai.

Nakhon Si Thammarat police sources said the two suspects are Pol Sub Lt Chuan Soon-um, a police officer attached to Nakhon Pathom railway police, and Anuwat Kaewmanee, a Nakhon Pathom resident.

The sources said the seven Rohingyas–five men and two women–told police that they entered Thailand at a Thai-Myanmar border crossing where four motorcycles were on stand-by to pick them up. They were later transferred to a black sedan which brought them to Pol Sub Lt Chuan’s house.

At the house, Mr Anuwat allegedly gave them food and clothes before Pol Sub Lt Chuan brought them to Nakhon Pathom train station to board a train to Hat Yai district.

The Rohingyas said they planned to go to Malaysia to stay and work with their relatives.