Two dozen shotguns thought to belong to state agencies were found dumped in Kanchanaburi's Tha Maka district yesterday, police said.
A sack containing 24 shotguns, 20 batteries, two boxes of ammunition and four smoke bombs was left near Prathandongrakwitthayakan School, some 200 metres from a police outpost in the district.
The abandoned weapons may have been stolen during the anti-government protests of 2010, said Kanchanaburi provincial police commander Kamonsanti Klanbusya.
Those who took the weapons may have had no idea of how and where to return them to the authorities, so they left them near a police outpost to avoid legal action, he added.
In November last year, Kanchanaburi police found a number of war weapons apparently dumped on the roadside, and suspected they had been stolen from a military unit during 2010’s anti-government protests.