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A police commander in northeastern Thailand has apologized to two men who plain-clothed officers shot at yesterday because they mistook them for suspected drug dealers.
Weerapol Pansai, 30, and Suriyan Pakkavesa, 26, filed a complaint over the incident at the government complaint center in Maha Sarakham province today. The pair said they were driving to the town center yesterday afternoon when the officers, who were not wearing uniforms at the time, shot at the wheels of their vehicle without warning.
Weerapol said he and his friend then ran for their lives but were soon caught by the men, who identified themselves as police officers, and accused them of being drug dealers. According to Weerapol, the officers forced him to admit that a drug package that had been placed in his car belonged to him. He was reportedly kicked several times when he insisted that he had no knowledge of the package.
The two men were later escorted to Borabue Police Station, where they again plead their innocence, and were eventually released after police officers realized they had misidentified the pair.
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