Army sets up more checkpoints, beefs up patrols in capital


BANGKOK, Feb 28 – More military checkpoints will be set up in Bangkok’s most sensitive zones as army patrols are strengthened in light of escalating violence and attacks, according to army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha.

Gen Prayuth has instructed military personnel to boost security and strictly maintain public order, especially at significant government buildings and offices of independent agencies, citing the latest firing of an M79 grenade into the parking lot of Thai PBS television station on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road.

He expressed concern at the increasing use of explosive projectiles and ordered additional patrols on expressways, tollways and high-rise buildings near anti-government rally sites.

“The army chief doesn’t want a repetition of the bombing at Ratchprasong where a projectile rifle was used by attackers. More checkpoints have been set up,” said Maj Gen Wara Boonyasith, Commander of the First Infantry Division of the Royal Guards.