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Security centre tells reds to stay clear of Bangkok

THE CENTRE for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) yesterday asked the red shirts not to come to Bangkok and rally, as it could lead to confrontation.

CMPO member Tarit Pengdith, who is also director-general of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), said the centre thanked community radio groups and red-shirt factions for ending their rally in front of the National Anti-Corruption Commission headquarters, which blocked officers from going to work.

The anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC)'s move to relocate its "Bangkok shutdown" to one site at Lumpini Park had eased the tension to some extent, Tarit said.

But there were still concerns over PDRC rallies at other sites including the Government Complex on Chaeng Wattana Road and near Government House. The centre would continue to negotiate with protest leaders in charge of the sites, he said.

The DSI yesterday issued summonses for 53 PDRC leaders for insurrection and instigating people to break the law, Tarit said.

As the summonses were being issued for a third time, the DSI would submit requests for arrest warrants if the PDRC leaders still failed to show up, he said.

The DSI summonsed the 53 PDRC leaders and key members to hear the charges from March 19-21. Among the names are PDRC secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban and Sonthiyarn Chuenruethai-naitham - who already face arrest warrants for insurrection; Chitpas Kridakorn; and Sakoltee Phattiya-kul; as well as Indian businessman Satish Sehgal, whose residency permit has been cancelled by the Immigration Commission.

Meanwhile, Sehgal, director of the India-Thai Business Association, has called on CMPO director Chalerm Yoobamrung to revoke the order to have him deported for being involved in the PDRC protest.

He said the CMPO had failed to put his case through the justice system and that the order to banish him hurt his business, with people cancelling advertisements for his travel book.

However, he said he would not file lawsuits to seek compensation.


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