Udon Thani deputy governor to order probe into alleged “Mafia” gang

Udon Thani deputy governor Thanapol Chantharanimi has promised to launch an investigation into an alleged “Mafia” gang in Ban Dung district which has allegedly intimidated the district’s deputy chief to the extent that he has asked for a transfer out of the district.

The deputy governor gave the promise as he was in Tambon Ban Muang, Ban Dung district, this morning (Sunday) to attend a religious ritual to pay respect to a late monk, Chao Poo Srisuttho.

Residents of Tambon Ban Muang believe that blessing from Chao Poo Srisuttho will bring rains before the start of the rice planting season.

Mr Thanapol said officials would be sent to the district to investigate the alleged presence of a “Mafia” gang and would try to solve the problem with officials concerned.

The gang has allegedly intimidated Mr Yossakorn Petlum, the deputy district chief of Ban Dung district, that he felt insecure and asked for his transfer.

Troops from the Second Army Region were sent to the district to resolve the conflict between two groups of lottery vendors in Kamchanod. The troops also set up a panel to management public donations at the Wang Nakin Kamchanod monastery.

However, conflict has erupted again after the withdrawal of troops.