Police have found 50 more M79 grenades and one RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) in Chachoengsao near the location where another arms cache was uncovered earlier this week.
Deputy national police chief Pol General Srivara Ransibhramanakul said the second cache of grenades was found on Friday at a paddy field opposite the swamp where the first cache was found in Chachoengsao’s Bang Nam Priao district.
Srivara held a press conference on Wednesday to announce the finding of the first cache that included 30 RGD-5 grenades, 2 M79 grenades, 7 pipe bombs, 3 bars of C4 explosive, two AK-47 assault rifles as well as some ammunition and bomb fuses.
The second cache was found after the authorities widened their search of rice fields in the area.
On Friday, Srivara said police had learned who owned the first cache of arms and police were seeking arrest warrants. He said he expected the warrants to be approved next week.
Police are checking the serial numbers of the grenades found in the second cache to try to establish links to their owners, Srivara said.
On Wednesday, Srivara linked the weapon cache to an extremist political group led by prominent red shirt Wuttipong “Ko Tee” Kottham-makhun.
He said serial numbers on the RGD 5 explosives found are believed to be in line with those on weapons allegedly found at the site of a 2014 red-shirt rally in Muang Nonthaburi and in a March 18 search of Wuttipong’s business offices in Pathum Thani.