Families and relatives of ‘Mountain B’ victims urged the Crime Suppression Division to take charge of the fire investigation instead of local police as they were concerned about conflicts of interest and dishonesty.
Ronnarong Kaewpetch, the President of the Network of Campaigning for Justice (NCJ), led the families of 13 victims to the Crime Suppression Division this afternoon, August 15th, to call for the Division to be responsible for the venue investigation instead of the local police, reasoning that they were afraid of influential people in the area and thought that the police and local government may have conflicts of interest.
The NCJ president brought some evidence to the division officials and demanded them to investigate three concerning issues, including whether there were government officials and/or influential people involved in the entertainment venue that could have some interests or whether the alleged owner, Sia B, who was currently prosecuted was the true owner of the establishment.
TPN notes that just hours after this demand Sia B’s father had an arrest warrant issued in Pattaya for allegedly being involved in the venue ownership
Most family members of the 13 victims also mentioned the inadequate compensation of 30,000 baht that the establishment operator had offered, saying that the amount of money could not compensate for the damage and the loss caused.
Apichai Insiri, the father of Athitaya “Ice” Insiri who was the latest death from the incident, said: “We needed clarification on remedies, medical expenses, as well as the lawsuits. Our daughter had passed away and it was a great loss to our family. Previously, there were representatives of the entertainment venue operators who provide assistance for 30,000 baht, but it was not enough to cover the expenses.”
The Division’s investigation officers initially questioned the petitioners and acknowledged their requests before forwarding them to the supervisor for further consideration.
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