Two border checkpoints have been shut down after allegations that police manning the checkpoints had extorted money from Myanmar migrant workers.
The Provincial Police Region 6 commissioner Pol Lt Gen Thawitchart Palasak said following the claims he has closed checkpoints at Huay Ya-u and Tha Lay and that only the main checkpoint at Ban Huay currently remains open.
The decision to close the checkpoints came after a report was received from the governor of Myawaddy which claimed that Thai officials had extorted money from the Myanmar migrants which were leaving the country in the wake of the new executive decree that was issued on June 23.
Authorities stated that since the decree over 23,000 Myanmar workers have left the country via the border crossings.
The commissioner said a committee has been set up to investigate the matter and if officers are found to have extorted money from the workers they will face both criminal and disciplinary actions.
Source : ThaiPBS
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