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Stolen: a hilltop is missing from Kamala. Suspects have been arrested

Phuket Hilltop Stolen: Phuket Raider Nabs Grader, Nine Trucks

Friday, May 31, 2013
PHUKET: The disappearance of a hilltop led Phuket raiders to arrest a man and seize a grader and nine 10-wheel trucks yesterday.

The raid was led by the indefatiguable Director of Kathu District, Veera Kerdsirimongkol, who acted on reports that illegal quarrying had been taking place in a protected area above 80 metres.

He and his team of 15 found a large amount of earth had been removed at the site.

A foreman, Sompong Janton, told the raiders that he had a year-long contract with the Kamala hilltop owners to remove the soil.

The contract ends on March 19 next year.

Khun Veera had been diligently arresting workers and halting suspected illegal operations throughout Kathu, one of Phuket's three districts.


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Good job and we may hope that the indefatiguable Director of Kathu District, Veera Kerdsirimongkol, will revoke the NorKorSor land deed as well.

Posted by Whistle-Blower on May 31, 2013 11:07


Well done Khun Veera, lets hope there are proper punishments carried out and loss of the NORKORSOR Land deed too.

Posted by Robin on May 31, 2013 14:19


Put the Kathu Director Veera onto the tuk-tuk/taxi crooks he's the only official with the stones to bring the excellant airport bus plan into fruition.The man is actually working for the people on this island.

Posted by Scunner on May 31, 2013 17:22


Same happening on the end of Layan Soi 2 Along with a dump that burns lots of plastic.
The building rule has a loophole? Remove the mountain top until it's under the 80 meter rule?

Posted by EB48 on May 31, 2013 17:57


At last some real enforcement of the rules kudos to the director.

Posted by slickmelb on May 31, 2013 19:11


Good job but too late. Why don't the authorities act more preventive? The Navy in Phuket has a helicopter that can be used to patrol the islands of Phuket and Phuket police have a helicopter that can patrol the main island. And yes, it will cost money but that is it worth. You can never undo damage already done.

Posted by Jens in Chalong on June 1, 2013 01:36


A fitting punishment would be to make the perpetrators manually rebuild the hill & then plant it with native vegetation to hold it in place.

Posted by Logic on June 1, 2013 22:20


Jens there are helicopters buzzing around a fair bit at the moment and they are taking an interest in the hills. Kudos to Khun Veera.

Posted by Mister Ree on June 4, 2013 12:23

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