TEENAGE protesters who have been confronting police almost every night at Din Daeng intersection since mid-August stayed away from the hotspot tonight (Oct. 8) amid heavy police control of the area, Thai Rath newspaper said.
Not only were the police firmly entrenched at Din Daeng Flats 1 and nearby alleys, police foot patrols were going around to ensure orderliness.
At 6.30 p.m. a large number of policemen from Metropolitan Police Division 9, including units from Lak Song, Phasi Charoen, Samae Dam and Bang Khun Thian stations, moved in to guard the entrance and exit of Din Daeng Flats 1 and the entrance of alley where it is located.
Similar tight security was mounted at nearby alleys with several police foot patrols monitoring the area and to ensure safety.
However no teen protesters could be seen anywhere near Din Daeng Flats 1 nor Mitmaitri Road. The situation was normal tonight.
The stepped up police control of the area took place after Pol L/Cpt Detwit Lertenson was shot in the left temple while chasing some Thalu Gas protesters who had fled into Din Daeng Flats 1 compound on Wednesday night.
Doctors said this morning that the injured policeman was now conscious and able to respond while a CT scan the previous day showed no further bleeding.
Policemen guarding the Din Daeng area tonight. Photo: Thai Rath and published by MSN News