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Udon Thani police chief goes after Facebook poster who he says defamed the force

The head of Udon Thai police is going after a poster on Facebook who he says defamed his force in the ongoing row over sitting in the cab and back of pickups.

And in a latest development the chief also intends to get even with people who posted comments using foul language, reported Thai Rath.

He said that it was inappropriate to refer to him and his men using words associated with a man’s genitalia.

Pheerapong Wongsaman saw red when a Facebook user called “Jaturong Bunyang” put a picture of the chief next to a checkpoint photo claiming that fines of 20,000 to 60,000 baht were being issued under Article 44 for illegal riding in a pick-up.

He was called evil and his resignation was demanded with the poster saying: “it’s worse than you thought. Resign now! Villagers are suffering. How is this serving the public good?”

Pheerapong was annoyed also that so many people clicked like but he was really miffed by the comments that followed the post that went online last week.

So yesterday he went to the tech police arm of the force to have “Jaturong” arrested and see what he could do about bringing others to book.

Pheerapong said that the reality was that his men had had a “softly, softly” approach to the pick-up seating issue just warning people first and not issuing any fines. This had begun on April 5th but the defamatory post came out on the 6th and it was untrue and damaging to the good name of himself and the force.

Thai VisaThai Rath

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