Local Official Assassinated During Temple Ceremony

Procession of temple-goers at Wat Benchamabopit Temple in Bangkok for Asanha Bucha Day, 30 July 2015

RATCHABURI — A 60-year-old administrative official in Ratchaburi province was assassinated during a religious ceremony at a Buddhist temple in Ratchaburi province last night.

Jamnian Tiangtrong, a member of Don Sai Subdistrict Administrative Organization, was shot while he was walking in a procession with other temple-goers at Khao Tan Dharmasenani Temple at around 9pm, police said. The ceremony was was in celebration of Asanha Bucha, a Buddhist holiday that marks the first sermon Buddha gave to his disciples.

Pol.Lt. Jirasak Yimjia, an officer at Pak Thor Police Station, said the suspect fled after firing a handgun point-blank at Jamnian’s head, which caused a panic in the crowd. 

Police believe the murder may have been motivated by local politics and business disputes, because Jamnian, who also owned several busineses, had been involved in "competition" for influence in the region, said Pol.Lt. Jirasak said

"Police will investigate the incident and bring the perpetrator for prosecution," Pol.Lt. Jirasak said. 

 

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