Army warns police over Laksi probe

The army on Sunday warned police not to rush to a conclusion over who was responsible for the gunfire during the clashes at Laksi intersection on Saturday which left several people with wounds.

Deputy army spokesman Col Winthai Suwaree said the probe was not complete, so it was too soon for police to lay the blame on one side. It could also instigate more conflicts.

The police accused armed security guards of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) of starting the shoot-out with the red shirts on Saturday, citing the evidence which included bullet cartridges and ammunition found at the place the PDRC members were occupying during the gunfire.

Col Winthai disputed reports that weapons were fired from the area in front of IT Square.

The pro-government demonstrators had gone there as they were trying to get to the Laksi district office to end the blockade by Luang Pu Buddha Issara and his followers.

The images of ''the armed men'' at the intersection were taken because most cameramen and most people were at that spot, he said, adding that that was not sufficient reason for the accusation by the police.

The PDRC was at a police booth at the intersection when the clashes occurred.

"After talking to people and soldiers at the police booth, it's clear that the shots were also from the area in front of IT Square. After that both sides began an exchange of gunfire,'' he said.

The army dispatched soldiers from the 11th Infantry Regiment in nearby Bang Khen district to the area to end the clashes.

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Discussion 1 : 03/02/2014 at 10:19 AM
What about Koo Tee, he was reported to be there around the shooting and seen in his van talking to the Police? Later the police announced he was arrested...than everything quiet...
Discussion 2 : 03/02/2014 at 03:31 AM
The army should have arrested Suthep months ago.
Discussion 3 : 02/02/2014 at 11:47 PM
Honi soit qui mal y pense!
Discussion 4 : 02/02/2014 at 11:43 PM
The thai police not only has image problems, but people have doubts about its professionalism and impartiality. We have a high ranking police general who upon being promoted went oversea in full uniform to be anointed by TS. We have another high ranking police general who ran for bangkok governorship under the PT political party's ticket. After losing, he was reinstated and now can be seen beside the PM, tagging along and touring the country. And the list goes on and on. Speaking of impartiality.
Discussion 5 : 02/02/2014 at 11:34 PM
And the red side (or the police) NEVER automatically points to the yellow side right off the bat.... Oh... wait... that's what just happened! oops...
Discussion 6 : 02/02/2014 at 11:12 PM
Most reports note there were soldiers present who took no action. Now they are warning the police on possible conclusions?
Discussion 7 : 02/02/2014 at 09:57 PM
How often will the police be humiliated by the army ??? It is getting painful...
Discussion 8 : 02/02/2014 at 09:51 PM
Just to start.......you probably can guest what will be next.....sad.
Discussion 9 : 02/02/2014 at 09:42 PM
Army should avoid to comment police work or it could be missunderstood as the the army will cover the yellows. Everytime when something happen, the yellow side point the fingers automaticly to the red side.

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