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Division 1 police commander removed for last week’s pub raid on Khao San road

The commander of the Metropolitan Police Bureau's (MPB) Division 1 was transferred to inactive post at the bureau's operation centre yesterday following the raid at a famous pub in Khao San area where several underaged teenagers were found to be at the place, and many were tested positive to drugs.

In the order signed by MPB commissioner Pol Lt Gen Sanit Mahathavorn, the Division 1 commander Pol Maj Gen Vajarapol Damrongsri was moved to the MPB's operation centre, while the vacant position will be assumed by Pol Maj Gen Adul Narongsak, the MPB deputy commissioner.

The moved officer will be given duty per assignment by the commissioner.

The commissioner said in the order that the transfer was necessary to prevent further damages to the reputation of the MPB to carry out the anti drug policy of the Royal Thai Police in the capital area, and also to facilitate investigation in the May 6 raid at a pub in Chanasongkram area where underaged teenagers (below 18 years old) were permitted to enter the venue, and drugs were also found.

Earlier on last Saturday, a combined force of local administration officials and soldiers raided Zad Club on Khao San road following complaints by residents that it allowed underaged teens to visit the entertainment place, and also opened beyond restricted hours.

The raid netted 59 teenagers under 20-years-old, 25 under 18-years-old. Besides many of them were also tested positive to narcotics.

The operator of the club faces eight counts of charges which include operating business with no licence, selling alcohol beyond restricted hours, selling alcohol to underaged, selling alcohol without licence.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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