Woman held after shots fired at rally

A woman was arrested on suspicion of involvement after shots were fired at protesters camped at Victory Monument early Tuesday morning, but two men fled away.

The incident occurred around 2am Tuesday when a vehicle drove around the Victory Monument and three shots were fired at the rally crowd. The driver then tried to flee via Phahon Yothin road, but the vehicle could not get through the protest guards.

The guards detain Orawan Jabkan, 26 and handed her to Phaya Thai police, who were informed about the shooting. The police went to inspect the scene and reported  finding a black sedan with bullet marks on its right side and near the licence plate. 

Witnesses told the police there were three passengers in the car, one woman and two men.

Pol Col Chusak Techarakpong, deputy chief of Metropolitan Police Division 1, told the media that the vehicle drove through a checkpoint on Phaya Thai road  and one woman was detained. The two men who fled were still free. Initial investigations indicated the group may be drug dealers or car thieves.

Pol Lt Col Ekarat Pao-in, a deputy superintendent of Chana Songkram police station, said the police had increased their presence on all four sides of the Victory Monument, setting up checkpoints on four roads, each manned by five police officers. More police foot patrols would also be deployed each night.

Victory Monument is one of key protest areas for the protesters' "Bangkok shutdown" operation.  A hand grenade was thrown into the rally crowd there on Sunday afternoon, injuring a total of 28 people. 

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Discussion 1 : 21/01/2014 at 02:53 PM
So nothing to do with the PTP then,not much .Why would a drug or car thief want to want to make themselves conspicuous.Sorry the police version dose not make any seance.
Discussion 2 : 21/01/2014 at 01:27 PM
The best way to stop the violence is for SuthepThug to go home. Until he does I think the killings will continue indefinitely. And he should be held accountable.
Discussion 3 : 21/01/2014 at 12:26 PM
My first reaction - roll around the floor laughing. My second reaction was to in response to an email yesterday, from Canadian friends, who are about to visit and tour around Thailand for 3 weeks. They have been here before - but just wrote to ask, are thngs safe? What do i tell them? That Thai drug dealers and car thieves like to drive around, shooting at people. ?? Is the Tourist Authority of Thailand not concerned about such irresponsible news releases by a senior Police official.?
Discussion 4 : 21/01/2014 at 11:57 AM
The army has already promised to protect them, so why not move the overnight camp to the army base, they do their protests during the day, they sleep in the army base at night. The army can ship them in and out in the armed troop carriers.

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