A complaint was lodged with Surat Thani provincial police on Sunday (Aug 20) by mother of a conscript who suspected that her son was beaten up in the barrack.
Mrs Malaiporn Worakitpan told the police that her son, Pvt Noppadol, 21, who was attached to the 45th Military Circle based in Vibhavadi Rangsit Military Camp in Muang district, was accompanied home by two conscripts on Saturday (Aug 19).
Mrs Malaiporn said Noppadol complained to his sister that he felt very exhausted and asked to go into his bedroom to change his clothes, but he was later found lying unconscious in his bedroom with blood leaking out of his nose and mouth.
He was then rushed to the provincial hospital where he was pronounced dead. His family asked the doctors to conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of his death.
Mrs Malaiporn said the two conscripts told her that Noppadol and other 60 conscripts faced corporal punishment at the barrack before coming home.
According to his mother, the autopsy report shows his heart and spleen were fractured and blood leaks in the chest and lungs apparently the result of being violently crushed.
The family then lodged a complaint with the provincial police, demanding an investigation for justice.
Maj Gen Wichai Tassanamontein, head of the 45th Military Circle, has ordered a fact-finding probe on the incident and said the military would give full cooperation with police investigation
He said the military would hand over footage from surveillance cameras installed at the barracks to the police and would also wait for official autopsy report from the hospital.
Pol Col Wichob Kerdkliang, the deputy superintendent, said would the doctors about the autopsy and other people connected to the victim and would coordinate the military to question the two conscripts who brought the victim home from the barrack.
Earlier in April, one conscript, Pvt Yutthakinan Boonniam, was allegedly beaten to death while being detained at the 45th Military Circle prison.Eleven army officers in the barrack were later charged in the military court and the case is still pending.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)