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33 Myanmar people arrested while sneaking across border into Kanchanaburi


Kanchanaburi border patrol soldiers on Sunday arrested 33 undocumented Myanmar nationals while allegedly trying to enter Thailand via a natural channel, unit commander Colonel Chaloemphol Sangtong said.

“Although officials have been patrolling the 371-kilometre border that Kanchanaburi shares with Myanmar to prevent illegal migrants who could bring in the Covid-19 virus, some still managed to get in,” he said.

“The latest groups, comprising 26 males and 7 females, all without proper documentation, were spotted in Khao Singto mountain in Sangkhlaburi subdistrict.”

33 Myanmar people arrested while sneaking across border into Kanchanaburi

Chaloemphol added that officials wearing PPE suits had to screen the migrants using a thermo scanner. Preliminary screening showed that the 33 migrants had normal temperature. They are still detained in isolation until more detailed tests clear them of Covid-19 infection.

“During initial questioning, the suspects admitted that they were planning to find jobs in Bangkok, Samut Prakan and Ratchaburi provinces. They said they had paid a fee of THB16,000 to THB18,000 per person to an agency in Myanmar who had helped them cross the border,” he said.

Published : May 10, 2021

By : THE NATION