The National Police Chief has ordered police in all areas, particularly in 10 provinces, to keep a close watch on political movements following the seizure of war weapons and ammunition along the Thai-Myanmar border in Tak’s Mae Sot district.
On Tuesday 23rd June, Police General Chakthip Chaijinda said he had received a report that soldiers and border patrol police had seized 33 war weapons, including M16, M79, and AK rifles from a house in Mae Sot district and arrested two men for questioning.
Police General Chakthip ordered police in all areas, particularly in 10 provinces, including Chiang Mai, Phrae, Nakhon Ratchasima, Ayutthaya and Khon Kaen, to keep a close watch on political movements on Wednesday, the 88th anniversary of the transformation to the constitutional monarchy from absolute monarchy. The police chief said he worried that there would be gatherings as a symbolic gesture on that day.
Initially, he believed the weapons might be used for political movements to create a situation, citing intelligence from security agencies that found a certain group of people reportedly planned to create political chaos.
The national police chief did not say which political group the men belonged to and the investigation is being extended.