SIX teenagers are being questioned in the shooting of a policeman at Din Daeng last night (Oct. 6) and a pick-up truck plus 11 motorcycles seized with these vehicles believed to have been used in the attack, Siam Rath newspaper said today.
Pol L/Cpt Detwit Lertenson was shot in the left temple while chasing some Thalu Gas protesters who had fled into Din Daeng flats after mounting another protest at this hotspot from 7:34 p.m. onward. Initially they had only set off firecrackers but from 8.55 p.m. till 10.36 p.m. they set fire to some tyres as well as continued to launch firecrackers.
Pol L/Cpt Detwit was rushed to Police Hospital and last night underwent a surgery where some shrapnels was removed from his brain. He is now breathing with the help of a ventilator and doctors are watching out for signs of infection.
Maj. Gen. Noppasin Poolsawat, head of investigation at Metropolitan Police Bureau, said he could not disclose any details of the case to the press but the six male and female teenagers are currently being individually interrogated after having been taken to Central Juvenile and Family Court.
Meanwhile Pol Maj. Gen. Jirasan Kaewsang-ek, deputy chief of Metropolitan Police Bureau, said despite Pol L/Cpt Detwit being shot last night three more protests are taking place today.
The Citizens Retaliation group is rallying in front of the Supreme Court at 5 p.m. but they are not moving anywhere from this point; the Labour Network for People’s Rights gathered at the Government House’s gate 3 and a representative has already received their petition; the Thalu Gas protesters are rallying at their usual hotspot Din Daeng intersection from 5.30 p.m onwards
Areas for the public to avoid include Phitsanulok road, Din Daeng intersection, the area beneath Din Daeng expressway, Din Daeng tunnel, Asoke Din Daeng road, Vibhavadi Rangsit road and Phaholyothin Soi 2.
Top: Two of the detained teenagers at Din Daeng police station.
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