As the year of the Tiger drew to a close today, a Battambang villager alleged that police in the province and staff from a local butcher’s shop had demanded an early Chinese New Year gift after seizing his celebratory roast pig.
Yam Bo, 42, said today that he had been transporting a homegrown, 14 kilogramme roast pig to his niece’s home for a Chinese New Year celebration when police from Battambang town stopped him and accused him of transporting the pig without permission from the local butcher’s shop.
“Four police officers and several staff members from the butcher’s shop stopped me on my motorbike and demanded 3,000 baht (393,895 riels) because they said I was transporting the pig without a permission letter,” he said.
The owner of the butcher’s shop, he added, threatened to handcuff him at the scene.
“I finally agreed to pay 200,000 riels to the butcher shop owner and I transported the pig safely to my niece’s house in order to celebrate on time,” he said.
Battambang deputy police chief Chet Vanny said today that he was aware of the case but was unsure why police had detained Yam Bo.
“If they didn’t have a reason, they wouldn’t have detained him,” Chet Vanny said.
He added that Yam Bo was not required to pay any fee to the butcher if he had raised the pig on his own.