The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today called on the Government to release a video footage caught by a security camera at the road checkpoint where a Lahu hill tribe activist youth was shot dead by soldiers in Chiang Dao district of Chiang Mai province recently.
The call was made after the NHRC team last weekend inspected the shooting scene and visited the activist Chaiyaphum Pasae's home in a fact-finding mission to see if the fatal shooting was over acted.
Authorities claimed the shooting happened after the activist resisted the search and tried to throw a hand grenade at authorities trying to arrest him after drugs were found in his car.
After the site inspection, NHRC representative Mrs Tuenjai Deethes said what the public wanted to know and explanations are evidence to support claims by authorities that the killed activist youth had 2,800 methamphetamines in his car, and the hand grenade that he threatened to throw at pursuing authorities.
She said she would demand the release of the video footage from the Third Army Region commander and evidence of money transactions in his bank accounts to support claim that they were from drug trade.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)