KANCHANABURI police supported by soldiers rounded up 95 illegal migrants from last night to early this morning (Sept. 28) after they had sneaked in from Myanmar and were being taken for jobs in Bangkok, Rayong, Samut Sakhon and within Kanchanaburi itself with each of them having paid 15,000-30,000 baht to the smugglers, Naewna newspaper said today (Sept. 28).
Pol. Col. Santi Phithaksakul, head of Thong Pha Phum police station, together with Col. Chalermchai Chadchai, head of the 9th Infantry Regiment, led a team of policemen and soldiers in setting up a checkpoint in this district to apprehend the illegal migrants after getting a tip-off that a large number were being taken deeper in the country.
At around 3 a.m. two pick-up trucks converted into fresh food and seafood delivery vehicles approached the checkpoint at Vajiralongkorn Dam. Upon being stopped and searched 39 illegal job-seekers were found crammed within. In the first vehicle, driven by Mr. Bai, 45, were 21 of them and in the second vehicle, driven by Mr. Sarayuth, 33, 18.
The team of policemen and soldiers also found another group of 43 illegal Myanmar workers hiding at the fringes of Khao Yen forest who were waiting for the smugglers to pick them up with many having fallen asleep.
Then at 8 a.m. this morning soldiers from Lat Ya Task Force together with policemen from Kanchanaburi city police station rounded up another 13 Myanmar migrant workers taking the total to 95 – 73 men, 22 women.
The first two groups of illegal workers, totally 82, immediately underwent Covid check with four men found to have body temperature exceeding 37.5 degrees Celsius and all four later testing positive for infection.
Myanmar migrants arrested in Kanchanaburi before dawn today. Photos: Naewna
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