Violence is still breaking out amid the political troubles in the country with another leader of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) being targeted. The home of a leader of the PDRC in Samut Songkram province has been rocked with gunshots in two consecutive days but luckily no one was injured.
The home of Paibul Thirawongjinda, one of the leaders of the PDRC, at 51/5 Rajaprasit Road in Mae Klong district in Samut Songkram province was the target of gunmen who sprayed bullets at the premises late last night.
Police were called in to investigate the scene and found scattered shell casings from a weapon of unknown caliber. The shells were concentrated in four places on the roof of the home and one other spot in front of a doorway.
Mr Paibul stated that he was certain that the shooting was politically motivated and said that this was the second time that his home has been attacked, the previous occasion being only the day before.
In another development, the home of another leader of the PDRC, Samrarn Rodpetch, was the target of a hand grenade that was thrown into the premises.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) police were called in to investigate and found fragments of shrapnel and a grenade pin in front of the entrance to the home.
Police believe the fragments to be from an M 67 hand grenade which is commonly used by military and police personnel. They also stated this was the first time that such a weapon was used in such circumstances and believe that this explosion has no connection to the one which happened recently which was thrown into and detonated amid a throng of demonstrators.
Meanwhile the Democrat Party today produced a video clip of the fatal shooting of the late leader and founder of the People’s Army to Overthrow Thaksin Regime, Suthin Tharatin, in front of a polling station at Wat Sri Eam temple in Bang Na.
The video clip they produced clearly show three assailants who approached his vehicle and shot at Mr Suthin.
Each of the men’s faces can be clearly seen as well as the weapons they were wielding. The Democrats stated that they were handing over the evidence to the police so that immediate action can be taken to apprehend the suspects.
Good afternoon. I am here today to explain PDRC’s views on the continuation of Bangkok shutdown to the public. Thank you for joining today’s briefing.
– No negotiations with Chalerm’s renegade group
The People’s Democratic Reform Committee exists to safeguard the public interest. The Thaksin regime, on the other hand, serves only itself to the extent that it has denounced the rule of law. The proxy government under Yingluck Shinawatra is no longer legitimate. The declaration of the emergency decree was also groundless and thus illegal. Therefore, orders from the renegade group of Chalerm Yubamrung (CMPO: Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order) are unlawful.
As a result, Chalerm’s offer for the CMPO to negotiate the return of protest sites on specific dates warrants no attention. It is also self-contradictory because Chalerm simultaneously declared he would take siege of various sites and arrest all PDRC core leaders, speakers, and protesters within the next 72 hours. It is obvious that Chalerm’s offer to “negotiate” is simply an excuse for him to quash peaceful protesters and suppress their constitutional right to express themselves. The outcome has been predetermined.
We thus reject any and all attempts to “negotiate” by this group. However, we are willing to accommodate those citizens affected by the shutdown to ease their discomfort.
The National Police Office commissioner today ordered the immediate investigation into yesterday’s fatal shooting of an anti-government protest leader at an advance polling station in Bang Na. A dozen of protesters were also injured.
Heading the investigation team is Police General Aek Angsananont, the deputy commissioner of the National Police Office.
The deputy commissioner immediately called an urgent meeting to expedite the investigation in the shooting in front of Wat Srieam temple in Bangna which resulted in the death of protest leader Suthin Taratin, the leader and also a founder of the People’s Army to Overthrow the Thaksin Regime yesterday.
He ordered that every measure be taken to gather all the necessary evidence in the case such as interviewing eyewitnesses and bystanders, and also interviewing injured parties who were at the scene and also if possible, to gather any video clips that might have been filmed by persons who were at the scene of the shooting.
Initial investigation of closed-circuit TV footing of the scene reveals that the shooter was travelling on Sri Nakharin road when his path coincided with the victim’s.
The deputy police commissioner also order an investigation into whether there was any dereliction in duty by the local police force who were responsible for the security of the area.
He ordered that all evidence and reports must be completed and handed in within 7 days and denied the allegation that some police personnel had switched shell casings found at the scene.
He stated that he was on-scene immediately after the incident and found no evidence to support the claim. He however stated that should evidence to support the claim surface then the full force of the law will be brought to bear upon the perpetrator.
Mr Suthin’s body has been transported to the Forensic Department at the Ramathibadi Hospital for an autopsy today as requested by his family.
On hand were Doctor Nirand Pithakwatchara from the National Human Rights Commission and Khunying Porthip Rojanasunant, a forensic doctor and Investigator with the Justice Department.
But Khunying Pornthip was not in the autopsy team but arrived to observe the autopsy.
Results of the autopsy revealed that the bullets had exited the victim’s body and the trajectory of the bullets was from both sides of the victim. T
The spouse of the deceased, Kanistha Duang-In stated that her husband was an avid politician and has been involved in politics for a long period.