PM: Govt not involved in Banthad Thong explosion


BANGKOK, 18 January 2014 The Prime Minister has defended the government following an explosion on Banthad Thong Road, saying it had nothing to do with the bombing incident that wounded at least 36 rally goers. 

After a meeting with the Royal Thai Police, Prime Minister and Defense Minister Yingluck Shinawatra told the press that the government was not involved in the Banthad Thong bomb attack as alleged by the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), adding that she was personally against all sorts of violence and did not want to see such an incident occur.

She would ask the police to carry out an investigation into the case and bring the perpetrator to justice as soon as possible.

Lastly, she ordered police officers and other security agencies to closely monitor the situation and prevent all violent incidents from happening.

The explosion took place at noon on Friday, during which a grenade was thrown at PDRC protesters who were marching through Banthad Thong Road, injuring 36 protesters.