Sutin to pay visit, review special law
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Sutin to pay visit, review special law

Defence Minister Sutin Klungsang plans to review the special law now being enforced in the deep South to combat the escalating violence in the region.

Mr Sutin said he is planning a visit soon following the recent flare-up of violence in parts of the southernmost provinces.

The defence minister announced his planned trip after Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said on his social media channels on Monday that he would also be heading to the deep South in a couple of weeks for a security inspection.

It is unclear if Mr Sutin and the premier will be visiting the region together.

The premier expressed concern over the resurgence in violence. The latest incident involved two separate explosions in Narathiwat, in which one security volunteer was killed and nine others injured on Sunday.

At the same time, the rebel group Barisan Revolusi Nasional Melayu-Patani (BRN) was holding a peace workshop with Thai officials across the border in Malaysia.

Yesterday, Mr Sutin said he asked the army chief to take care of the injured. He added that the special laws currently in place to maintain security and order in the southernmost provinces may need to be reviewed.

Most areas in the region encompassing Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, and parts of Songkhla are under the emergency decree, while martial law is in effect in some districts prone to frequent insurgent attacks.

Mr Sutin was speaking to reporters before the weekly cabinet meeting yesterday. He said his planned visit was arranged to support the authorities working on the ground.

He said the Fourth Army Region Chief, Lt Gen Santi Sakuntanak, regularly updated him on developments in the deep South.

The defence minister noted that, as frequent attacks have occurred in the region recently, the government is looking for ways to boost the morale of local authorities and ramp up measures to heighten security.

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