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Former deputy police chief Jumpol accused of encroaching on national park in Nakhon Ratchasima

Former deputy police commissioner general Pol Gen Jumpol Munmai and a couple have been charged with encroaching on the Tablan National Park in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Wang Nam Khiao district.

The Royal Thai Police announced Sunday that Jumpol and the couple, Pol Maj Gen Pongdej Prommijitr and Chayanit Pisitwanit have been charged by a forestry official with the Wang Nam Khiao district police station.

They are facing charges after local police, the Crime Suppression Division, a local Army infantry battalion, environmental crime police and forestry officials raided a plot of land in the district on February 6.

According to the statement from the Royal Thai Police, the raid found that there are six houses built on the plot and they were under care of a 47-year-old woman, Tim Uthat.

Tim later testified to the authorities that she has been working as a maid for the houses and the land since 2005. She said the houses were built by Jumpol who came to stay once in a while.

Tim told the authorities that the couple gave the plot of land to Jumpol.

The authorities measured the plot with GPS system and found that it has 13 rai of area and it is located inside the Tablan Natonal Park.

As a results, Pad Buaban, a forestry official filed a complaint with the Wang Nam Khiao police station against Jumpol and the couple.

They were accused of occupying a forest land and clearing forests without permission, and thus violating Article 54 and 55 of the National Forest Act.

They were also accused of occupying and clearing forests in damage of the environment, and thus violating Article 16 (1) and (4) of the National Park Act.

They were also accused of violating the environment promotion and protection act by causing damage to the national natural resources and state property.

They were also accused of violating Article 14 of the National Forest Reserve Act by damaging and degrading forests.

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