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Bangkok officials checking CCTV poles after man’s death

Jan 12. 2016
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By The Nation

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The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) said yesterday it was unclear if an alleged power leak from a pole set up with a CCTV camera at Paholyothin Soi 47 in Chatuchak may have caused a man’s death on Saturday.
But the BMA governor has ordered officials to check on 10,000 poles equipped with 50,000 cameras across the city for any electrical power leakage. This would take about two weeks to do, Thaweesak Lertpraphan, deputy director of the BMA’s Traffic and Transport Department said. Officials even resorted to removing their shoes and touching poles but they had yet to find any leaks. 
In regard to the man’s death, |officials would investigate further, Thaweesak said. 
As of press time, the results of an autopsy on the unnamed homeless man, aged in his 30s, was not known.
Meanwhile, Issarachon Foundation for the Homeless president Sopon Pornchokchai urged the city to take responsibility for the man’s death, as eyewitnesses had affirmed the pole concerned had a voltage leak and people in the neighbourhood had alerted Chatuchak District Office to check it prior to the man’s death. However, officials insisted there was no voltage leak.

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