Tens of thousands of Thai mourners continued to show loyalty to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej Monday waiting in over a kilometre long line at Sanam Luang for their turns to enter the Grand Palace to sign condolence message in Royal books and pay respect to their beloved King.
Security was also tight with several CCTV cameras installed to ensure full safety for mourners at the Sala Sahathai Samakhom pavilion inside the palace.
All mourners wishing to sign condolence message are required to undergo security check of their belongings and receive queue number.
For mourners wishing only to pay respect to the King will be allowed to use another gate for faster entry, separated from those wishing to sign condolence books.
The government ordered the security boost at Sanam Luang and the adjacent area outside the Grand Palace after meeting senior officials at the Joint Peace and Order Administration Centre (JAC) yesterday.
This followed after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha voiced concerns for the safety and convenience of mourners.
The meeting was chaired by deputy prime minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan.
At the meeting, it was agreed that security procedures need to be put in order, given the large turnout of mourners signing the book and gathering at Sanam Luang, which have reached a combined 648,000 by last Friday.
The increased security include screening people entering Sanam Luang through eight entrances by soldiers, police and trained volunteers.
Mourners will be funnelled in to key locations, with ID and bags checked.
Under the increased security measures, Sanam Luang and adjacent areas were divided for easy security supervision and orderly management of logistics in the distribution of free food and delivery of first-aid to mourners.
Meanwhile stricter regulations of people and vehicle movements coming into and leaving Sanam Luang were also imposed.
The JAC expected more people to turn up from Friday, Oct 28, the 15th day of mourning, when the general public will be allowed inside the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall to pay their respects to the late King whose body lies in state there.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)