POLICE investigators and forensic specialists moved in to investigate fires at four police booths in the heart of Bangkok at 4 a.m. this morning (Sept. 23) after they had been extinguished, Siam Rath newspaper said.
First to catch fire at 2.19 a.m. were police booths at Saphan Khwai and Pradipat intersections with the traffic control systems destroyed in the blaze.
At 2.41 a.m. police booths at Uruphong and Mitsamphan intersections likewise caught fire with glass panes at several others also smashed.
Police initially suspect that motorcycle riding youths who belong to the Thalu Gas protest group that has been clashing with police nightly at Din Daeng intersection and adjacent part of Vibhavadi Rangsit road since the middle of August were responsible for the arson and destruction.
Their motive is to trigger unrest as they have tried to do in the past, police added.
Police are currently going through surveillance camera clips and collecting other evidence to track down the perpetrators.
The police booths set ablaze and damaged last night. Photos: Siam Rath