Party-goers arrested on Koh Phangan
published : 27 Jan 2021 at 16:10
writer: Supapong Chaolan
SURAT THANI: More than 100 people partying in contravention of Covid-19 retrictions were arrested when police and local officials raided a nightspot on Koh Phangan on Tuesday night
A team of immigration and tourist police and local officials converged on the Three Sixty Bar in Koh Phangnan district around 9.30pm.
They found Thais and foreigners crowded inside the premises, where music was playing and food and alcoholic drinks being served.
A total of 109 party-goers were detained - 89 foreigners (38 men and 51 women) and 20 Thais (7 men and 13 women).
Also detained were Pongdaran Lim-ochakul, 40, who admitted being the owner, and Somsakul Kiartnarong, 47, who admitted being the organiser of the party, police said. (continues below)
Eighty-nine foreigners and 20 Thais were arrested while partying at the Three Sixty Bar on Koh Phangan island in Surat Thani on Tuesday night. (Photo: Surat Thani immigration/ Supapong Chaolan)
The customers were charged with violating the emergency degree to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Mr Pongdaran and Mr Somsakul were charged with colluding in operating an entertainment venue without permission. All were taken to Koh Phangan station for legal action.
Pol Col Suraruek Phankosol, chief of Surat Thani immigration, said police had been alerted to tickets being sold online to a party at the Three Sixty Bar in breach of the law.
Surat Thani governor Wichawut Jinto said on Wednesday he had been briefed on the raid.
He had ordered strict action be taken against the offenders, to send the message that breaches of restrictions to contain the spread of the disease would not be tolerated.