Activist’s car set on fire, petition signed against EC damaged

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Activist Ekachai Hongkangwan’s burnt car, destroyed by arsonists outside his home early Monday morning. (Photo from Ekachai Hongkangwan’s Facebook account)

A motorcyclist torched a car belonging to an activist campaigning for the removal of the Election Commission in the early hours of Monday.

Ekachai Hongkangwan told Lat Phrao police on Monday that his car was destroyed by the fire.

He had returned home after attending a rally against the polling agency on Sunday and parked his Nissan Sunny sedan outside his home in Soi Lat Phrao 109 in the Bang Kapi district.

He said security camera footage showed two motorcycles entering the soi around 1 a.m. on Monday. One of the runners, still wearing a helmet, approached his car, poured liquid on it and then turned it on. The two bikers then left the soi, he said.

Mr Ekachai said he left the petition document used to collect the signatures inside the car. He was partly burnt.

Mr. Ekachai was with a group that set up an office outside a McDonald’s store near Ratchaprasong intersection Sunday to collect signatures supporting the removal of election commissioners for alleged mismanagement of the ballot box on March 24.

He posted photos of the burnt out car and damaged petition paper to his Facebook account. The car was towed to the police station, where investigators were examining it for evidence.

The damaged petition contained around 300 signatures, Ekachai said.

“The petition papers are not in good condition, but the letters are still clear. I think they can still be used,” the message read. (continued below)

Partially burned petition papers signed by people supporting the removal of the Election Commission. (Photo from Ekachai Hongkangwan’s Facebook account)

Lt. Col. Pol Samruay Saensom, deputy superintendent at Lat Phrao, said investigators would examine tapes from other security cameras in the area, track the arsonists’ flight route and attempt to locate them. The case would be treated without prejudice, he added.

This was the second attack on Mr. Ekachai’s sedan by an arsonist. The same car was set on fire and the left side slightly damaged around 3 a.m. on Tuesday last week. He lodged a complaint about this attack at the same police station.

Mr. Ekachai was convinced that both incidents were political.

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