Normal and good people will not spray-paint the wall of the Emerald Buddha Temple, the holy place, highly revered by Thai people, said Army Chief Gen Narongpan Jittkaewtae.
A man, 24 was arrested on Tuesday evening after he used the black spray paint to write the number 112 on the white wall of the Emerald Buddha Temple and crossed it out.
Two police officers rushed to stop him and detained him immediately.
The number 112 is referred to Section 112 of the Criminal Code, the lese-majeste law.
Asked about the incident, the Army Chief said the way people think cannot be prohibited but everything must abide by law. Anyone who violates the law will be punished.
The Emerald Buddha Temple is the holy place. Anyone who will do anything there must think about faith, love and respect of Thai people to the place. Good and normal people would not do this, he said.
As Bangkok’s important place, the area is guarded by soldiers and the security in place. However, officials should be more careful.
The man was charged with violating the Cleanliness Act and the Ancient Monuments Act.
The Ancient Monuments Act carries a jail term of up to seven years or/and a maximum fine of 700,000 baht. (TNA)