Advisers bring diversity to border command


Fifty people from a cross-section of society have been appointed as advisers to the Southern Border Province Peace Building Command to help find ways to put an end to the violence in the region.

General Sirichai Thanyasiri, director of the SBPPBC, endorsed the plan for Islamic leaders, monks, Christian leaders, non-governmental organisation workers, businessmen, journalists, local politicians and former government officials to meet this Friday and Saturday at a hotel in Songkhla’s Hat Yai district.

Meanwhile, a policeman in Narathiwat’s Sungai Padi district was shot dead yesterday, police said.

Pol Sergeant Winai Petmani was riding his motorcycle to work at 9.30am when he was overtaken by two men on another motorcycle, who sprayed him with bullets from an AK-47 assault rifle. He died instantly.

Police believe the killing was related to the communal violence in the deep South.

Elsewhere, a 19-year-old murder suspect denied shooting and killing two policemen at Chanae district police station on February 24. He had turned himself in to Nong Chik district police station.

Separately, 2,000 Muslim and Buddhist women from Yala expressed their support for a committee to bring peace to the South headed by former prime minister Anand Panyarachun.

Published on March 09, 2005