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Blaze cop claims victimisation

Witnesses say fire began in camp, not an accident

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The fire that ravaged Mae Surin refugee camp on Friday was not an accident, embattled Khun Yuam district police chief Pol Col Nitinart Wittayawuthikul claimed Tuesday. 

Refugees left homeless by Friday's deadly inferno at the Mae Surin refugee camp in Mae Hong Son's Khun Yuam district move to the homes of their relatives in an area of the camp not affected by the fire. (Photo by Thiti Wannamontha)

The district police chief was transferred, pending an investigation, to an inactive post at Mae Hong Son provincial police office on Monday for alleged negligence in his handling of Friday's disaster in Mae Hong Song's Khun Yuam district. He was also removed from the blaze investigation team.

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