25 wounded in Narathiwat prison riot

A total of 20 police officers and 5 defence volunteers were injured when inmates at Narathiwat provincial prison hurled wood sticks and stones at them on Saturday morning, reports said.

The 150-men joint police, military and civil forces, led by Narathiwat deputy governor Dejrath Simsiri, were searching for drugs at the first and second floors of the prisoners’ dormitory inside the prison under an operation to suppress illegal drugs.

The authorities found 1,000 methamphetamine pills and 20 mobile phones hidden inside the dormitory. Immediately three inmates, got angry with the operation, urged other prisoners to act against the searching. The prisoners then threw wood sticks and stones at the state authorities, injuring 20 policemen and 5 territory defence volunteers.

Narathiwat governor Thanon Vejkornkanont and the prison’s commander Suphot Sowanthith rushed to the scene to control the situation.

After hours of negotiation, the inmates finally agreed to stop protesting. No inmate was wounded in the morning riot.

Mr Thanon had ordered a transfer of core leaders of the riot to be detained at Songkhla Remand prison to prevent the riot from occurring again.

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