Senior Bangkok Police Meet BTS, MRT Reps to Talk Security

Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha rides the BTS to the newly opened Samrong station in April.

BANGKOK — Senior police and military officers met BTS and MRT officials Saturday in a bid to discuss tighter security measures, after a series of bombs hit Bangkok over the past weeks.

Deputy Chief Police Maj. Gen. Panurat Lakboon met military officers from the First Army Region and representatives of the BTS and the MRT at about 10:30am on Saturday at the Bangkok Metropolitan Police Bureau Headquarters, to discuss the tightening of security measures in light of recent bombing incidents that have recently rocked various locations of the capital.

The meeting was led by Police Chief Gen. Chakthip Chaijinda, with the objective of reassuring the public of their safety and to outline common measures to detect and handle future bomb threats. Panurat gave no further details after the meeting other than saying that related staff and personnel would be taught to better identify suspicious objects. He said they would be instructed on how to act in emergency cases.


Police said the meeting took place as a precautionary measure. No area in Bangkok was designated as particularly vulnerable.


Panurat added however, that busy locations such as BTS and MRT train stations along with department stores in the capital would be closely watched and properly monitored through CCTV.

Police also urged citizens to do their part by being alert and informing officers if they identified suspicious activity. Earlier this week, a discarded pipe bomb was found near MRT Thailand Cultural Centre.