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Hundreds of customers arrested at restaurant

Officials arrest 235 customers drinking alcoholic beverages at Lan Mai restaurant in Muang district of Khon Kaen in the early hours of Wednesday. (Photo: Chakkrapan Natanri)
Officials arrest 235 customers drinking alcoholic beverages at Lan Mai restaurant in Muang district of Khon Kaen in the early hours of Wednesday. (Photo: Chakkrapan Natanri)

KHON KAEN: More than 200 customers were arrested when police, administrative, drug-suppression and health officials raided a restaurant serving alcohol in the small hours of Wednesday in defiance of Covid-19 restrictions.

Pol Maj Gen Noppakao Somnas, the provincial police chief, said the 1am raid on Lan Mai restaurant on Maliwan road in tambon Ban Pet, Muang district, followed complaints from local residents that the restaurant opened beyond the 10pm curfew.

He said 235 men and women, nine of them under 18, were found eating and drinking. They had been served mixed drinks in soft drink bottles and beer in jugs.

All were taken to the Ban Pet police station and charged with violating the gathering ban under the emergency decree and the Communicable Disease Control Act. They were also all tested for Covid-19 with rapid antigen kits.

Pol Maj Gen Noppakao said the owner of the restaurant was charged with the same offences. 

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