By Asia Samachar | THAILAND |
Thai police have launched a major manhunt for Norwegian Roger Bullman who is suspected to have gone on the run after being given bail as he awaited trial for allegedly choking a British tourist to death 13 days ago.
He jumped bail on Monday and has disappeared and a major search for him is in full swing with border forces at crossings with Cambodia on alert, reports Daily Mail.
Roadblocks were being set up around the tourist resort of Phuket and an around-the-clock police operation went into full swing to re-capture Bullman and take him to jail.
The 54-yer old Norwegian walked out of police custody hours after the alleged killing of Briton Amitpal Singh Bajaj on 21 August at a Phuket five-star hotel.
His instant freedom was criticised by the victim’s family who feared he could flee. In a statement to The Straits Times, a spokesman for Amitpal in Singapore said the family was saddened to learn of the news that Bullman had failed to turn up in court.
“We have faith that the relevant authorities and agencies in Thailand will take all necessary measures to ensure justice and truth prevails,” the newspaper quoted the spokesman.
Amitpal, the 34-year-old Malaysian-born IT consultant who held British citizenship, perished in the scuffle on the night before he was scheduled to leave with his wife Bandhna Kaur Bajaj and two-year old son Veer Singh.
In a statement sent to Asia Samachar, Singapore-born Bandhna recounted the events that led to the tragic loss of her husband. See full account here.
MailOnline reported that Bullman’s lawyer Sulman Hussain told the British newspaper yesterday that he had not been able to speak to on that day or the day before.
“His phone is turned off. I don’t think he would go on the run as he has told me he wants to go to the court and tell what happened,” he was quoted as saying.
Senior Phuket police officer Major Techin Deethongon, who is leading the investigation into Bajaj’s death, was also quoted as saying: “I am confident we will arrest Bullman. I believe he is still in this area of Karon where he was staying.
“He cannot leave the country as we have his passport. We will arrest him with the warrant and take him to prison. I have officers working to find him over 24 hours in eight hour shifts. He cannot escape.”
He confirmed the last time Bullman had been seen officially by police was when he was arrested and charged with manslaughter before being given his freedom hours later.
Teary farewell for Phuket victim Amitpal Singh Bajaj (Asia Samachar, 25 Aug 2019)
“Please just go, go, save Veer” (Asia Samachar, 23 Aug 2019)