Se­cu­rity gets boost on Tak Bai strife fear


Se­cu­rity in the deep South has been beefed up ahead of the 13th an­niver­sary of the Tak Bai in­ci­dent on Oct 25, which falls dur­ing the royal cre­ma­tion cer­e­monies for the late King.

Am­ram Baka, deputy chief of Muang Narathi­wat dis­trict, re­vealed there might be un­rest caused by in­sur­gents dur­ing this pe­riod.

“Usu­ally, this time of year has been when in­sur­gents have tried to pro­voke and cause un­rest. But this time, the an­niver­sary arises at the same time as the royal cre­ma­tion,” said Mr Am­ram, who over­sees se­cu­rity in the dis­trict.

The Tak Bai in­ci­dent was a tragic event, and the re­sult of se­cu­rity of­fi­cials mis­han­dling Mus­lim pro­test­ers on Oct 25, 2004. Some pro­test­ers who were ar­rested were de­tained in trucks with in­suf­fi­cient ven­ti­la­tion which led to many of them dy­ing of suf­fo­ca­tion. Since then, in­sur­gents have con­tin­ued to mark the an­niver­sary of this event vi­o­lently.

This year, the prov­ince has im­posed even tougher se­cu­rity mea­sures than nor­mal. Po­lice check­points will be more fre­quent and of­fi­cials have been warned to be more vig­i­lant be­cause mil­i­tary forces have been with­drawn from some vil­lages in the re­gion.

In a sep­a­rate devel­op­ment, Cham­nan Muan­dam, a spe­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the gov­ern­ment, yes­ter­day in­spected re­pairs to Sako weir in Sun­gai Padi dis­trict. The main­te­nance of the weir, spon­sored by the Royal Ini­tia­tive Dis­cov­ery Foun­da­tion, is aimed to help save wa­ter for use by lo­cals.

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