The national police commissioner’s official admittance came as he led senior police officers to deliver best wishes and receive New Year blessings from the president of the Privy Council Gen Prem Tinsulanonda this morning.
Pol Gen Adul admitted that “men in black” are police and vowed to investigate and bring them to justice procedure.
He also admitted that the men in anti-riot uniforms who were seen smashing the windshields of a vehicle of a volunteer nurse are also the police.
The national police commissioner’s admittance came as the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) is demanding clarification from the police on the presence of the “men in black” during the fierce clashes between police and protesters in front of the youth centre during the first day of the opening of the party-list candidates registration.
Several men in anti-riot uniforms were also seen smashing vehicles parking near the youth center.
The Center for the Administration of Peace and Order earlier came out to defend the police saying those in the uniforms might be outsiders stealing the uniforms from police cars to wear and smashing vehicles to put the blame on the police.
Two persons died in the clashes, one of them a police officer Narong Pitisit.
Forensic police later confirmed that ballistic test on the killed police officer showed he was shot from a high ground position.
But the Center for the Administration of Peace and Order said the police was a victim of the violence.