Hundreds nabbed in gambling den raid in Tao Poon (Bangkok)

Police dismiss claim of tear gas use during operation

Deputy national police chief Pol General Panupong Singhara na Ayutthaya led a team of 100 officers yesterday on an early-morning raid into a major gambling den in Bangkok’s Tao Poon area and arrested 199 patrons and a worker.

Several people present managed to flee because police found it difficult to navigate the den’s complicated exit system. Meanwhile, some of the suspects have alleged that police fired tear gas at them – a claim that has been dismissed.

Panupong declined to provide details on the raid, saying that the same strategy would be used to crack down on other dens as per Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung’s policy. Panupong also said he would launch an inquiry to see whether any officers from the Tao Poon police station were involved in the den.

Read more in The Nation

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