Another police officer has died to become the third fatality related to the December 26 clashes in Bangkok between police and protesters.
Doctors said Pol Senior Sgt Maj Anand Lae-sopha, 46, passed away on Sunday after 10 days in intensive care in a hospital. Anand, from Kamphaeng Phet province, was assigned to provide security at the Labour Ministry, which is next to the youth centre where the election candidacy registration was to take place. Clashes broke out. He collapsed, vomited blood, lost consciousness and his heart stopped. He was resuscitated and taken to the intensive care unit at the Police Hospital, where he was diagnosed with a bleeding peptic ulcer.
Anand’s death was announced by the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO). His body was placed for religious rites in Bangkok’s Trithosathep Voraviharn Temple yesterday, and is due to be moved for rites to be held at Damrongtham Temple in Kamphaeng Phet province today.
One of the first two victims of the clash between police and anti-government protesters in late December last year was a police officer who was shot dead. CAPO deputy spokesperson Pol Lt Col Anchulee Teerawongpaisarn announced yesterday that a total of 32 vehicles had been damaged during the clashes on December 26, including 50 broken vehicle doors and windows.
The Labour Ministry meanwhile said it would remain open on January 13, the day the People’s Democratic Reform Committee plans to shut down Bangkok. The ministry revealed that on December 26 the damaged property and facilities around its building included 9 CCTV cameras, 14 private vehicles, |12 ministry vehicles, and 50 glass windows on the ground and second floors.