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Search on for body of Matubhum Party politician

Divers search for the body of Matubhum Party deputy secretary-general Pan Peungsujarit, who reportedly jumped from the Rama IX Bridge into Chao Phraya River on Friday evening.

Divers search for the body of Matubhum Party deputy secretary-general Pan Peungsujarit, who reportedly jumped from the Rama IX Bridge into Chao Phraya River on Friday evening.

Search continued yesterday for the body of Matubhum Party deputy secretary-general Pan Peungsujarit, who reportedly jumped from the Rama IX Bridge into Chao Phraya River on Friday evening.

Police yesterday enlisted rescue workers and police to dive into the river in a two-kilometre radius from where the politician is presumed to have jumped. The search was reportedly facing difficulties due to strong currents.

Bang Kho Laem superintendent Sombat Kaenwichit said CCTV footage showed a man, believed to be the 68-year-old politician, drive a Volvo to the bridge, walk towards the railing and jump into the river without any hesitation. The whole incident happened in 15 seconds, he added. Police inquiries with Pan's relatives and witnesses still could not find a motive for the suicide.

Meanwhile, Pan's youngest son Wanchalerm Peungsujarit said he didn't believe his father would commit suicide, as he was always in a good mood and did not suffer from depression or stress. There was only one problem with his health - Pan suffered from dizziness occasionally because of an ear block since 2007, so he had to take supplements and vitamins, according to the son, who added he didn't believe that was sufficient enough reason to lead to the suicide.

Wanchalerm said he and two other siblings had moved out and Pan stayed with his wife while the three children visited them every week. On Friday, Pan was home alone and drove off without anyone knowing where he was heading, he said, adding the family still hoped Pan was not safe.


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