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A massive police hunt is underway in eastern Bangkok to track down members of a pick-up racing gang who set upon and killed a youth in the early hours of Monday morning.
Chertsak (or Pon) Rutdech, 17,was set upon by up to 100 gang members who had set up an impromptu roadblock on the Bang Na – Trat highway. The asthmatic sufferer was unable to flee, Thairath reports.
He was battered to death with rocks, sticks and a pick-axe.
The violence followed altercations between gangs who like to race souped up pick-ups on the highway. There had been problems in Bang Saen and later around seven vehicles from the “Bai Kluay” Club set up the road block on both the slip road and leading to the expressway to confront members lf another gang.
Police found Chertsak dead amongst at least ten blood spattered rocks and other weapons by the side of the local road along the highway.
Dozens of police have been drafted into the Bang Plee – Bang Pakong – Samut Prakarn area as those responsible are hunted. Though the pictures of the vehicles on the Facebook page of the Bai Kluay Club have all been removed, police are following up with associates of the gang and have video footage from a foundation team that were in the area around 2am on Monday.
Police said that the antics of the gang racing on the highway had caused considerable problems for the public but this was an escalation in the problems.
Relatives said that Chertsak had been forbidden from going to Bang Saen on Sunday as the Songkran festivities wound up due to his medical condition. But he went anyway.
His mother Arunrung Bunliang,35,came from Lopburi to the temple of Bang Kleua, Chachengsao, yesterday where his body was laid out. She hugged the corpse and promptly fainted.
Police have said that around 300 vehicles are members of the Bai Kluay Club and that some 70 officers have been brought in to hunt the killers.