Political link to body in Chao Phraya

The Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) is investigating a political link to the body of a man found in a sack in the Chao Phraya River two weeks ago.

Apart from anti-government paraphenalia on the body, the only other evidence investigators have is footage from security cameras showing four men wearing hoods in an Isuzu pickup truck dropping two bags from Rama VIII Bridge on Feb 24, Pol Col Methee Rakphan, deputy chief of the MPB’s division 7, said on Thursday. One of the bags could have contained the body, he said.

Investigators are still studying the tapes to establish a link to the body of the man who was aged between 20 and 30 years. The body was found in the river on Feb 26 at Krungthon Bridge upstream from Rama VIII bridge.

The high tide was believed to be the cause of the body being pushed upriver.

The victim’s identity remains unknown. He was wearing a T-shirt, a whistle painted with the national colours and a national flag wristband. The two objects indicated he could be a supporter of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC).

But Pol Maj Gen Thitirat Nongharnpitak, the MPB deputy chief, said it was not conclusive that his death was politically linked.

He said investigators were also taking a careful look to see if the mystery victim and two other cases are connected.

Pol Maj Thitirat was referring to the death of Boonthieng Kham-im, whose body was found near Wat Samien Naree in Chatuchak district on Jan 27, and Yuem Nillar, who claimed that he was detained by PDRC guards on Feb 24 and dumped into the Bang Pakong River five days later. Mr Yuem, who is alive, and Boonthieng were red-shirt guards.

Pol Maj Gen Thitirat said police needed more evidence to establish links between the three.

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