Prawit orders tight security for royal cremation ceremonies

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan has ordered authorities concerned to tighten security measures throughout the period for royal cremation ceremonies between Oct 24-27.

Speaking after a meeting of the committee for security and traffic during the royal ceremonies for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Gen Prawit said he stressed to the authorities that security for the people attending the ceremonies are of the highest concern.

Signposts will be erected for the people to know the route for the royal procession and routes for them to take.

A joint command centre will be set up at the Defence Ministry from Oct 1. All preparations have been made for this important event, Gen Prawit said.

It is estimated that about 250,000 people will turn up around Sanam Luang, the cremation ground, on Oct 26, the day for the royal cremation.

If there is not enough room at Sanam Luang, the people can move to other spots in Bangkok where replicas of the royal crematorium are located.

About 70,000 government officials and volunteers will be deployed to ensure the ceremonies are carried out smoothly.