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Weapons found in two provinces as grace period ends

Photo : Nonthaburi

Photo : Nonthaburi

Photo : Chiang Mai

Photo : Chiang Mai

Large caches of weapons were discovered in Nonthaburi and Chiang Mai provinces on Monday night and Tuesday, as the grace period to surrender the weapons drew to an end.

In Nonthaburi, police were alerted late Monday night about a large number of war weapons at the entrance to a housing estate on Talingchan-Suphan Buri Toad.

Police found a box and a fertiliser sack under the sign of the housing estate. In the sack, they found three rifles and rounds of ammunition. The box contained grenades, smoke bombs, a gun as well as ammunition.

Provincial police chief; Pol Maj Gen Srivara Rangsiprammanakul said it was believed that those who owned the weapons dropped them out of fear that they would be punished for possessing them.

The military junta that seized the power last month issued a grace period that ends Tuesday for those who own weapons to surrender them to authorities.

In Chiang Mai, a combined force of army and police inspected the war weapons abandoned in front of an exarmy colonel in Mae Rim district on Tuesday.

Col Chuchai Puthipin, owner of the house, said he heard his dogs barking at something on Monday night but he did not go out to check because it was dark.

When he was about to leave the house in this morning when he found the weapons at the gate, so he alerted the authorities.

"I didn't know whose weapons they are. My feeling is that the owners of the weapons were scared of handing them in. returning them. They left the weapons at my house possibly because they saw a sign in front of my house, which mentions my army rank," he said, adding that this would probably better than leaving them at a site where they could catch fire and explode.

The weapons retrieved include nine landmines, bullets, other ammunition and TNT.


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