Thai Border Police Kill Two Illegal Entrants

Thai border police killed two men seen illegally entering Thai­land in two separate incidents this month, provincial officials said.

On Friday in Banteay Mean­chey’s Thmar Puok district, a 25-year-old man was killed, one in­jured and two went missing after they were shot as they hauled a sto­len car across the Thai-Cam­bo­dian border, said Tim Sareth, dep­uty director of the RCAF Bor­der Com­munication Office. The man killed was known as Heap, he said.

Thai car thieves often conspire with Cambodian illegal-car dealers to smuggle cars, hiring poor villagers to do the work, Tim Sareth said. The villagers push the cars over the borders because driving them might create noise and get them caught, he said.

“We are very sorry for their death,” Tim Sareth said, adding, “If our people do wrong, please don’t use violence.”

On Nov 3, nine men and two women from an Oddar Mean­chey province border village were shot at as they entered Thailand seeking field labor, a lieutenant colonel in the military said.

Pek Tol, 31, was killed instantly, the military official said. The others, who hailed from Thmar Doun village, Kouk Khpas commune, Banteay Ampil district, escaped unharmed.

Thai police refused to allow Od­dar Meanchey officials to enter Thailand to investigate the shooting, the official said. Pek Tol’s body was sent to Cambodia two days later after interventions from high-ranking military commanders, he said.

“Thai border police accused the Cambodian farmers of intending to steal cars, but they were innocent and were seeking field labor,” the lieutenant colonel said.

Cambodian farmers from Ban­teay Meanchey and Oddar Mean­chey have been entering Thai­land to work in the fields to escape se­vere drought. They can make about 10,000 riel ($2.50) a day harvesting rice in Thailand, about twice of what they make here, provincial officials said.


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