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World IN BRIEF : THAILAND : Robbing of Dead at Hotel Suspected

August 19, 1993|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Volunteer rescuers may have made up reports about survivors trapped in the rubble of a collapsed hotel in Nakhon Ratchasima so they could continue looting bodies, the provincial police chief said. Residents near the Royal Plaza Hotel told police that some rescue workers stripped jewelry and other valuables from the dead before removing them from the debris. Thus far, 114 bodies have been retrieved from the rubble of the six-story hotel, which collapsed Friday. Police said some rescue teams claimed Monday night that they had found five people alive so they could keep bulldozers away and continue looting.

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