Only a few days after the mysterious death of a freshman cadet triggered public outcry, reports have emerged that another military private had his hip broken from a beating.
On 27 November 2017, Prayun Khongnonkok from Chaiyaphum Province informed Amarin TV that his son, Private Sanphet Khongnonkok, 23, was beaten by his trainer at Suranari Army Base in Nakhon Ratchasima Province and had his left hip broken.
Sanphet was drafted for the military service on 1 November.
Prayun said that he learned about his son’s injury when his family went to the base to visit his son, but was informed that Sanphet had been admitted to the base hospital.
Base staff told him that Sanphet was injured from a fall during training, but his son told him that he was kicked by his trainer for being too slow to follow an order.
Second Lt Chirawat Puangnak, head trainer at Suranari Army Base, told Prachatai that the private was injured during a training exercise and is undergoing surgery at the military hospital.
“It is probably the earlier injury from training … I confirm that it is not from a beating as reported,” said Chirawat.