Cops Detained, Beaten By Buddha Issara's Guards

Buddha Issara interrogating Pol.Lt. Somkid Koeykamol and Pol.Sen.Sgt. Sompong Unnuan, 10 February 2014

(11 February) A pair of undercover policemen have been hospitalised after they were tortured by anti-government protesters on Chaeng Wattana Road, authorities said.


The policemen, Pol.Lt. Somkid Koeykamol and Pol.Sen.Sgt. Sompong Unnuan, were reportedly captured by protest guards at around 14.00 yesterday as they were gathering intelligence among the anti-government protesters near the Ministry of Justice. 
The pair was later blindfolded and brought before Buddha Issara, Buddhist monk and core leader of the People′s Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King As Head of State (PCAD). 
The monk interrogated the policemen until they admitted they were undercover cops sent to monitor the protests. PCAD guards also searched the officer′s mobile phones and found their LINE messages discussing the M79 grenade attack near PCAD rally site on 8 February, which offended the guards, our correspondent said.
A group of anti-government guards also allegedly assaulted the 2 policemen before they eventually handed the pair back to the police force in the evening. 
The Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) released a statement today that Pol.Lt. Somkid and Pol.Sen. Sompong are being treated at Police Hospital for their injuries suffered during their detention.
The CMPO also condemns the alleged actions of the PCAD protesters, insisting that the two policemen were legally conducting an intelligence-gathering mission. 

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