THAILAND - Six students are facing the charge of premeditated murder for fatally shooting three students from a rival college to take "revenge for a female friend" who was killed last month.
This case provides another glimpse into the bitter rivalry between students of the Rajamangala University of Technology Uthenthawai Campus and Pathumwan Institute of Technology, which has already claimed many lives.
"I did not want to see my friend's attackers go unpunished," Jitdilok Oumchu, a 21-year-old suspect from Rajamangala University, said yesterday. He was referring to the killing of Kankanit Promkaew, who was shot dead at a Bangkok bus stop on August 26.
Jitdilok and his five friends shot three students from the rival Pathumwan Institute because they believe students from this college were responsible for Kankanit's death.
However, Pol Maj-General Suwat Jangyodsuk, a deputy chief of the Office of Police Strategy, yesterday called on students from the two institutes to stop taking such matters into their own hands.
"Let the law run its course. It's the duty of the police to find out who committed the crime and bring the culprit to justice," he said, as he vowed to nail down Kankanit's killer.
Jitdilok, meanwhile, said that if the police had tracked down Kankanit's killer quickly enough, then his friends would not have had reason to kill three students from Pathumwan Institute of Technology.