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Bangkok pub raid 65 caught in net

Sixty-five Thais and foreign nationals were arrested early Saturday at a pub off Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok for violating the emergency decree and a City Hall closure order to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Immigration police and officers from the Lumpini police station raided the Taj Café on Sukhumvit Soi 3 in Watthana district at 1.10am on Saturday following a complaint that it was open in violation of a Bangkok Metropolitan Administration order enacted to contain Covid-19.

The complaint said that baraku smoking took place on the premises and that illegal migrants were working there.

The officers found 65 people inside the pub, which is located in a four-storey commercial building. It also operated as an Indian restaurant.

Police said those caught included 12 foreign nationals who had entered the country illegally and another foreigner who had overstayed his visa.

They were also charged with violating the emergency decree in effect to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Fifty-two others, including 42 Thais and 10 foreign nationals, were charged with illegal assembly in violation of the decree.

Pub manager Mamdeep Singh, a 28-year-old Indian national, was charged with working without a permit, violating the emergency decree and the City Hall closure order and allowing baraku smoking, said police.

All were taken to the Lumpini station for further legal action.

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