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13 October 2008 :: 14:10:30 pm 41601

Police Chief Regrets Loss of Life In Bangkok’s October 7 Violence

BANGKOK, Oct 13 - Thailand's national police chief Pol.Gen. Patcharawat Wongsuwan said on Monday he regretted that the clashes between demonstrators and riot police last Tuesday resulted in the death of two demonstrators and injuries to nearly 500 people, including a number of police officers.
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Speaking to mark Thailand’s national police day on Monday, Gen. Patcharawat pledged that the national police will accept the outcome of the investigation by the fact-finding panel set up by the government, regardless of the result.

Former deputy police chief Pol. Gen. Salang Bunnag who attended national police day events at the police headquarters urged both the government and the anti-government People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) to bury the hatchet and begin talking to each other to settle all outstanding disputes.

Gen. Salang said he had abandoned his plan to recruit former police officers and form a force to retake Government House from the PAD.

The atmosphere at Royal Thai Police headquarters was relaxed after the PAD called off its planned mass rally there to attend the funeral rites of its two supporters who died in the clash.

The two victims are Angkhana Radappanyawut, 28, and Pol Lt-Col Methee Chartmontri, a staunch PAD supporter.

Air Vice-Marshal Dr. Wicharn Piewnim, a forensic expert at Bangkok’s Ramathibodi Hospital, said last week that Ms. Angkana died of severe injuries to her chest and left arm on the way to hospital. Her lungs, heart, and stomach suffered severe wounds. She was killed during the dispersal of demonstrators at Parliament last Tuesday.

Ramathibodi Hospital forensic experts said last Thursday that DNA test results on the remains of Col. Methee’s body recovered after Tuesday’s car bombing confirmed that the victim died from the bombing.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Charnyut Suppachartwong, deputy director of Ramathibodi Hospital and Air Vice Marshal Dr. Wicharn Piewnim, head of the hospital’s forensic department disclosed that the DNA investigation results on Col. Methee’s remains indicated that he died in the explosion near the Chart Thai party office during the clash between police and anti-government protesters.

The PAD core leaders insisted that the police must take responsibility for using excessive force during the clash.

Police, however, claim that they used only tear gas to disperse the demonstrators and that the force used was not excessive.

Thailand’s National Human Rights Commission director Surasi Kosolnawin said that he expected results regarding the clash victims would be known within a few days. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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