Abbot, drunk youths in punch-up

A 57-year-old abbot was involved in a fistfight with a group of drunken youths at a gas station in Ubon Ratchathani province, a Thai Rath report said on Tuesday.

Phra Prasert Sriluan, the abbot of Wat Tha Chang Nok in Ubon Ratchathani, said that he drove a car to the pump before going out to beg for alms because there was no one available to drive it for him. He later bought some items at a convenience store.

When he left the store, a group of young men who appeared intoxicated approached him and reprimanded him for driving a vehicle, according to the abbot.

They got into an argument and then began exchanging punches until other people in the area intervened and broke up the fight. The monk suffered cuts and bruises to his face. There were bloodstains on his robes. The young men left the scene.

The people then took the abbot to a police station to press charges against the youths, but he refused. He was then taken to hospital for treatment.

The abbot said he planned to leave the monkhood on Tuesday morning and did not want to take action against anyone.

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