Rayong provincial police chief transferred following Covid-19 cluster stemming from alleged illegal gambling

Rayong, Thailand-

The Rayong Provincial Police Chief, Pol Maj-Gen Papatdet Katephan, was ordered transferred this evening by national Police Chief national police chief, Pol Gen Suwat Chaengyodsuk following a cluster of Covid-19 infections that allegedly stem from an illegal gambling establishment.

This follows statements made by the Rayong Thai Police and Papatdet claiming that there were no illegal gambling establishments involved in the current cluster of Covid-19 infections and Rayong, which got highly negative feedback on social media. Major General Papatdet claimed that the original cluster was a small group of people gambling together at a private residence and not a larger venue.

However, several reports dispute and disagree with this fact including contact tracing by the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration and Ministry of Public Health, who continue to use the words illegal gambling den.

Pol Maj-Gen Mana Inpitak, deputy commissioner of Region 2 Provincial Police Bureau, will take over in a temporary role while Papatdet moves to Floor 20 of the Royal Thai Police Operations Center.

Additionally, Pol Gen Wissanu Prasartthong-osot has been ordered to conduct an investigation into alleged illegal gambling dens in Rayong and report back to Police General Suwat within three days.

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