The Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) has declared five districts–one in Pattani and four in Songkhla–security control areas so as to allow government authorities to maintain peace and order efficiently.
The announcement of the security control areas was published in the Royal Gazette and released to the public yesterday (Nov 29).
The five districts are Mae Lan district in Pattani province and Chana, Na Thawi, Thepha and Saba Yoi districts in Songkhla province.
These districts were earlier declared security control under the Internal Security Operation Act, but as violent incidents still persist and pose threat to national security, the cabinet resolved on Nov 28 to put them under security control for another year.
The announcement will take effect from Dec 1 and last until Nov 30, 2018.
In addition, the Isoc authorities will be empowered to enforce 32 laws, such as immigration, narcotic prevention and suppression, land transport, arms and ammunition laws, same as law enforcement officials in handling particular matters in the five districts.
But they are allowed to enforce law appropriately and courteously to ensure that the public are not troubled unnecessarily.