University teachers and students arrested in Nakhon Ratchasima for reportedly gathering and drinking alcohol, violating country’s Emergency Decree

PHOTO: Nation TV

Nakhon Ratchasima –

A group of 23 university teachers and students were captured at a house in the Mueng district of Nakhon Ratchasima province yesterday evening, August 21st, for reportedly gathering and drinking alcohol without wearing facial masks and socially distancing.

Provincial Deputy Governor Visoot Chatchawanwong reported this morning, August 22nd, that the arrest was conducted after the officials were alerted of a gathering behavior at a two-story house in a Nakhon Ratchasima village.

Upon the raid, a group of 23 people, whose ages were reportedly between 20-35 years old, were found drinking alcohol without conducting any preventive measures to prevent the Covid-19 spread.

PHOTO: Nation TV

According to the initial questioning of one of the oldest members of the group, he claimed that he was a professor affiliated with a university in the province, and those who drank with him were his students. This was the first time they met and drank together. However, the official investigation exposed that the group had been gathering and drinking for four consecutive days prior to the arrest.

The group was taken to Muang Nakhon Ratchasima Police Station for legal proceedings for initial charges of violating Nakhon Ratchasima Provincial to prevent the spread of Covid-19 Coronavirus and the Communicable Disease Act.

Under current Emergency Decree laws in Thailand, any sort of gathering for parties or socializing with alcohol is against the rules to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

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National News Writer at The Pattaya News. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.