Security beefed up at Sanam Luang royal field

Security at Sanam Luang royal field and it’s vicinities are beefed up following the pipe bomb explosion on Monday night in front of the National Theatre.

Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) deputy commissioner in charge of security Pol Maj Gen Panurat Lakboon said he has designated 10 local police stations around the royal field to survey all areas at risk of security and criminal threats so that more CCTV cameras would be installed to ensure maximum security.

He said he proposed that a total of 498 CCTV cameras be installed in 204 locations around the 2-kilometre perimeter from Sanam Luang.

He said the police have now sought 150 million baht fund from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission for the installation of CCTV systems by Chanasongkram, Nang Lerng, Phra Ratchawang, Samranrat, Chakkrawat, Phabplachai, Bang Yikhan, Bangkok Noi, Bangkok Yai, and Bupharam police stations.

Meanwhile spokesman for the National Council for Peace and Order Col Piyapong Klinohan said the incident (pipe bomb explosion) was another test of the security measure of authorities which indicated that there are still blind locations that still escape from the watchful eyes of security officials.

He said the explosion scene is near where mourners coming to pay homage to the late King and had frightened them.

He said the police were scouring for evidence to find the perpetrator to look into their real intention.