Army warns police to take action against troublemakers

The army has warned a hard-core red shirt leader in Pathum Thani who led a group of red shirts to harass protesters and officials at Chaeng Wattana on Friday and urged the police to take legal action against him.

Colonel Winthai Suvaree, deputy spokesman of the army, said that the army could not accept the conduct of Wutthipong Kotthamkul, alias Koh Tee, hard-core red-shirt leader in Pathum Thani who led about 200 motorcyclists from Pathum Thani to harass protesters and officials at the Chaeng Wattana protest site of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee.

The red-shirt group, said Colonel Winthai, also main an unveiled threat that if the Bangkok Shutdown operation does not end in three days they would return to take actions against the protesters as well as officials deployed to provide security at the protest site and its close vicinity.

He questioned the police why the gang was allowed to flout with the law with impunity whereas the police did not take action against them.

Colonel Winthai also expressed concern over the violent incidents which took place in the past couple of days, including a violent incident today when a bomb was lobbed into a crowd of marching protesters on Banthadthong road led by Suthep Thaugsuban. Altogether 31 protesters were injured. Soldiers who later combed a block of deserted buildings at the crime scene where the bomb was believed to be thrown found a small cache of war weapons and ammunition as well as clothing at a deserted building.