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Police not sure dead man had protest link

A POLICE investigation into the death of a man in a protest T-shirt whose body was found near Wat Samian Naree in Bangkok's Chatuchak district on Tuesday morning suggests it may have been dumped there. However, a motive related to the anti-government protests has not yet been ruled out.

Prachacheun police station's on-duty officer Pol Lieutenant Peerapat Sutthisena said the deceased was identified as Chaiyaphum-native construction contractor Boonthieng Kham-im, 41. He reportedly had a record of five or six prior criminal offences, including theft and assault.

Police are summoning his relatives for more information while awaiting the results of forensic tests.

Pol Colonel Kittikhun Poolsombat, deputy chief of Metropolitan Police Division 2, said police believed the man was killed somewhere else and dumped at the scene because there were few traces of blood, a struggle or bullet holes. Police were checking survillance-camera feeds for suspects or vehicles.

Relatives initially told police the man had a mental problem and might have been in conflict with an assailant who killed him, Kittikhun said.


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