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Decomposed body found in Bangkok canal near rally site

Thai authorities on Wednesday found a decomposed body during a search for weapons in the canal next to the Government House in Bangkok. The person was believed to have died about a month ago.

BANGKOK: Thai authorities on Wednesday found a decomposed body during a search for weapons in the canal next to the Government House in Bangkok.

Bangkok Post on Thursday reported that the person was believed to have died about a month ago, citing the Metropolitan Police Bureau.

The area near the canal and outside the Government House was the site of political rallies by the Network for Students and People for Reform of Thailand (NSPRT).

The group is an ally of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee, which organised protests to push for political reform and the resignation of then-prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Authorities did not say if the body was linked to NSPRT.

According to the authorities, the body has been sent to the Institute of Forensic Medicine for further examination.

Soldiers, police and Bangkok’s City Hall staff were searching the canal for weapons which may have been left behind after recent political rallies.

Authorities found explosive fuses, live bullets and used bullet shells in the canal.

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