A resort illegally built in Prachin Buri Province has been demolished as it encroached Thap Lan National Park.

Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Vichet Kasemthongsri has led a team of 250 officials to Thap Lan National Park in Prachin Buri Province to demolish a resort that was illegally built in 2006.

According to the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP), there are currently 434 cases of forest encroachment, 396 of which are permanent structures, adding that there are 87 cases facing civil court challenges, whereas 6 demolition orders are now pending.

This is the second demolition attempt by Minister Vichet since he took office 3 months ago. The first one was in August when he led his team to Phuket and brought down 3 resorts.

Minister Vichet went on to say that he would seek a budget of 600 million baht to purchase up to 6,000 rifles and vests for forestry officials to enable them to safely perform their duties.

The idea came after 2 officials were shot dead and several other injured in a shootout against tiger poachers in Uthai Thani last month.

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