Capo: Attackers among protesters

The hand grenade that went off on Banthat Thong road on Friday in the column of marching protesters of the People's Democratic Reform Committee led by Suthep Thaugsuban, was not thrown from any high building in that area but was the work of at least two men who mingled among the demonstrators, the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (Capo) said Sunday.

The announcement was made by Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, who is in charge of Capo, and referred to the attack that left at least 36 people wounded. One one of them, Prakong Chuchan, 46, a resident of Nakhon Si Thammarat, died on Saturday morning.

Mr Surapong said that according to evidence collected from the crime scene, including the footage of security surveillance cameras in the area and the questioning of witnesses by police, it was found that the grenade that went off was not thrown from any of the high buildings along Banthat Thong road.

Pol Maj Gen Adul Narongsak, deputy chief of the Metropolitan Police, said it was not possible for the grenade to be thrown from a high spot like a building where an air gun and other articles were found because it would be obstructed by tree branches and electrical wiring. 

Video clips examined by police showed two men acting in a suspicious manner. One of them, wearing a white hat, walked quickly from the tail of the marching column, dropped an object and ran to hide behind an iron box containing telephone circuit boards. After the grenade exploded, he and another man walked from the box to pick up fragments of the bomb and left without paying attention to the people who were injured and lying on the road.

Mr Surapong said police investigation of the blast at Banthat Thong road showed it was apparently created to harm demonstrators but not PDRC leaders.

"The government regrets the loss of life and injuries of innocent people and condemns those who were behind the incident," he said.

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Discussion 1 : 20/01/2014 at 07:57 PM
Maybe Surapong can find out where the money for the rice scheme...scam went. Most guys holding these ministry positions are not even qualified. So Surapong should shut his mouth. Instead, go catch the guys shooting at night. Make yourself useful. I think he believe he is doing work by making silly statements.
Discussion 2 : 20/01/2014 at 04:14 PM
I watched intently the posted video and I agree that the two persons actions were questionable. I guess the politicians are playing chess games, by sacrificing the poons inorder to stalemate or win against their opponent.
Discussion 3 : 20/01/2014 at 04:33 AM
Is this the kind of intelligence that this "Regime" government has? No wonder people risk their lives to protest.
Discussion 4 : 20/01/2014 at 03:16 AM
Discussion 5 : 19/01/2014 at 10:52 PM
perhaps because he has inside info from his boss in Dubai !
Discussion 6 : 19/01/2014 at 09:36 PM
Surapong, everybody knows how much you can be trusted except your Dubai boss. Therefore, please do not make a fool of yourself.
Discussion 7 : 19/01/2014 at 08:50 PM
He did not say he was sure who was responsible except to say that it came from the crowd not the building,he said that cctv video shows 2 suspicious people on it,everyone here seems to think that they have seen the cctv video but the only video we all have seen is from someones phone not from the cctv evidence.
Discussion 8 : 19/01/2014 at 08:11 PM
Where is the DSI team now ?Let them handle the bombing investigation there seems to be the expert solving criminal cases.
Discussion 9 : 19/01/2014 at 06:46 PM
minc, I have seen a video of the blast incident. I have seen it many times over and over again. I haven't been able to spot any object thrown from above into the crowd. Nor could i see any object tossed from the adjacent vehicle. Many people have also made the same remarks. I am sure CAPO have a lot of footage and witness reports to have come up with the conclusion that they have.
Discussion 10 : 19/01/2014 at 06:43 PM
Surapong is the Chuck Norris of order enforcement... he does not need evidence. HE KNOWS!
Discussion 11 : 19/01/2014 at 06:42 PM
Both Surapong and Adul have proven incapable of performing their duties and have clearly attempted to blame their own crimes on the protesters - i.e. the Dec 26 violence, vandalism, and rooftop gunmen - all the work of the police, all oafishly blamed on protesters until citizen journalists uncovered enough evidence to force them to admit it.
Discussion 12 : 19/01/2014 at 06:36 PM
False flag by who? CAPO?
Discussion 13 : 19/01/2014 at 06:34 PM
Remember it was Surapong and Co. who said protesters dressed as police to destroy their own cars and were also dressed up as "men in black" gunmen atop buildings before admitting it was the police all along. The grenade attack will be no different. Disgusting deceit, indictment of their illegitimacy.
Discussion 14 : 19/01/2014 at 06:21 PM
Are they for real ... power lines and trees would block a grenade? A grenade would fall right through branches or power lines same as a baseball. CAPO is really desparate to divert guilt.
Discussion 15 : 19/01/2014 at 05:54 PM
I wonder what kind of evidence CAPO have so that they conclude the grenade was not hurled from the building. from iPhone application.
Discussion 16 : 19/01/2014 at 05:54 PM
"The announcement was made by Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, who is in charge of Capo" Now can we honestly believe anything from thaksin appointees? .
Discussion 17 : 19/01/2014 at 05:52 PM
Why is Capo chief so sure who is responsible for the bomb blasts?
Discussion 18 : 19/01/2014 at 05:44 PM
I don’t suppose he also has a similar cut-and-dried answer to the Seh Daeng mystery?
Discussion 19 : 19/01/2014 at 05:11 PM
I suggest that CAPO chief Surapong Tovichakchaikul should resign over his inability to protect innocent people rather than making preposterous claims about the responsibility for yesterday's bomb blast
Discussion 20 : 19/01/2014 at 05:09 PM
This is a False flag for gathering sympathies !

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