Samut Prakan: Thailandís most likely scene of poll-related violence: Police
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BANGKOK, June 14 - Samut Prakan, immediately east-southeast of the capital, has been identified as Thailandís most likely province to experience political violence in the lead up to the July 3 general election as likely to rise in other areas designated as 'red zones' which are at risk of election-related violence.

The province also is home to Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailandís main international gateway serving Bangkok.

Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen, a senior police adviser, warned of the provinceís dubious status in his capacity as head of a specially-formed centre to oversee security during the election set for July 3.

Gen Pongsapat said Samut Prakanís Zone 6 has been designated as 'darkest red', that is, having the highest likelihood of violence after former Pheu Thai MP Pracha Prasopdee, who is also opposition Pheu Thai candidate for the areaís seat in Parliament, was shot last month in an apparent assassination attempt. The suspects remain at large.

Of 77 provinces nationwide, seven are considered 'very red' areas with a high potential of violence and 21 provinces as 'orange zones' with a medium-risk of disorder, according to the senior police adviser.

However, Gen Pongsapat said, 27 provinces are categorised as 'white zone', not at risk of violence, while another 21 are 'yellow' with much less possibility of untoward incidents.

The centre also reported that the use of violence has been on the rise in every area with several tactics applied, such as slandering rivals and the use of new techniques to attract eligible voters to vote for them.

In an attempt to maintain law and order, National Police Chief Pol Gen Wichean Potephosree on Tuesday directed his subordinates to fight against crime as well as drugs between June 3 and 30.

Speaking as secretary-general of the Democrat Party, Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said Tuesday that throwing eggs at him during his campaigning in Samut Prakan Monday was the work of the anti-government Red Shirt movement.

Mr Suthep said the egg throwing was well plotted and that local residents told him that it was organised by a man named 'Songkram'.

Despite the attack, the Democrat official said he was unperturbed by possible repeat incidents and that he will return to Samut Prakan to continue to campaign, as well as in other provinces.

(MCOT online news)