Levelled Phu Thap Boek resort owner sues governor

Officials dismantle bungalows at Rai Mali Hom Resort on Phu Thap Boek mountain in Phetchabun province on Monday. (Photos by Soonthorn Khongwarakhom)

PHETCHABUN - The owner of a resort forcibly demolished on the popular tourist mountain of Phu Thap Boek has sued the provincial governor and other senior officials for 5 million baht in damages to the property she insists did not encroach on a forest reserve.

Suriya Kaeomongkol, owner of Rai Mali Hom Resort in tambon Wang Ban of Lom Kao district, filed the lawsuit with the provincial court on Wednesday, his lawyer Apiwat Nakchamnan said on Thursday. 

The lawsuit demands 5.04 million baht in compensation from the governor and his deputy, the Lom Kao district chief, a provincial official for social development and human security and a local forestry official. They were accused of unlawfully destroying 13 bungalows of the resort hotel on Monday and Tuesday.

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