Minister accused over issuing public land use permit

A man walks atop the structure intended for storing water for use by a factory producing Red Bull brand beverages. (Photo by Jakkraphan Nathanri)

An investigation is being demanded into Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paojinda's signing of an order allowing a private company to make use of a 31-rai community forest in Khon Kaen's Ubonrat district.

The Interior Ministry and the Department of Land (DoL) insists the land in Ban Khok Huay Mek is degraded and dry, but environmental groups question that.  

Activist Srisuwan Janya on Monday morning petitioned the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC),  accusing Mr Anupong of breaking several regulations when he approved the firm's use of the land. 

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