Ten senior policemen, including a major-general in a metropolitan precinct, were yesterday transferred to inactive posts after a raid on Friday by an anti-vice task force on a gambling den which has long operated in their jurisdiction.
Pol Maj-General Witthaya Rattanawit, chief of Metropolitan Police Division 6, is the most senior of the 10 officers, which include six officers with Phlubphlachai 2 police station.
They have been assigned to job desks at the Metropolitan Police Bureau for 30 days, pending investigation and disciplinary action.A 100-strong police raid – supported by commandos – on a shophouse netted 246 gamblers and Bt500,000 in cash. The shophouse, located in Soi Texas off Phadungdao Road in Bangkok’s Yaowarat area, has reportedly operated for a long time as a card-game den known as Den 369.
The task force also conducted a raid on a den offering online football betting in Bangkok’s Huai Khwang district last Saturday, resulting in six senior station officers being transferred and facing a similar fate to those transferred yesterday.