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Old 11-06-2011, 01:04 AM   #2215 (permalink)
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More on the earlier story....

Mae Rim police chief transferred for ignoring security measures

Mae Rim police chief transferred for ignoring security measures

By The Nation
Published on June 11, 2011

The chief of Chiang Mai's Mae Rim police station and another senior officer have been transferred to inactive posts for failing to stop local redshirt supporters from interrupting a Democrat election rally led by Abhisit Vejjajiva.

National police chief General Wichean Potephosree said the transfers were not politically motivated and the action was being taken because both officers had failed to follow the security measures they were meant to put in place before Abhisit's election campaign on June 2.

Pol Colonel Somchai Inthasothit and Pol LtColonel Wichathorn Phewphan will be removed from their posts for at least six months, effective immediately.

Provincial police chief Somsak Janthaphing said both officers had ignored the orders and it was not yet decided whether they would return to their jobs at the Mae Rim police station.

"No checkpoints were set up, and no policemen were manning risky areas, the exits or inside the convention hall being used. No policemen were given the job of videotaping the redshirt supporters shouting abuses at the prime minister," he said.

The police, in a joint operation with the Election Commission, have worked out strategies, coded under the colours yellow, orange and red, to guard against violence and electoral fraud. Neither the police nor the EC have explained whether the strategies are colourcoded according to pro or anti Thaksin Shinawatra sentiments or a mixture of both.

Police had earlier worked out two lists dubbed "hot spots" and "red zones", and also designated eight districts in Bangkok as most at risk for political violence.
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