Police have arrested alleged gun repairman Surachit Wirojwong and
confiscated a cache of weapons, but so far no charges have been filed.
Pattaya and Chonburi police targeting potentially
violent opponents to this summer’s elections raided a South Pattaya
commercial building, but found only legally registered weapons, a gun
repairman and no connection to the July ballot.
Surachit Wirojwong of Chantaburi was taken into
custody by city and provincial police May 31. Officers seized a
44-caliber Winchester rifle, 22-caliber Calico submachine gun, a
44-caliber revolver and bullets for the handgun.
Surachit said he was a repairman trained to service
guns and that the weapons belonged to friends. All the weapons were
legally registered, he added.
He denied any criminal intent and, searching his premises, police
found no link to any illegal activity or connection to the July 3
election. Still, they took him to Pattaya police station until the man’s
story could be verified.