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Thai police arrest 43 people in Prachuap Khiri Khan for violating emergency decree

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Thai police arrest 43 people in Prachuap Khiri Khan for violating emergency decree

Yesterday, 42 migrant workers from Myanmar and a Thai man were charged with violating the emergency decree after being detained at a checkpoint in Prachuap Khiri Khan’s main district after curfew yesterday.

According to authorities, the migrants travelled in a double-decker bus to the Dan Singkhon border pass. They said a total of 42 workers from Myanmar have been arrested, including a four-year-old girl and a one-month-old baby.

Police also arrested the 62-year-old driver, Pira Kerdsomboon. He told police he had been given 12,000 baht from migrant brokers in Samut Sakhon to take the workers to the Dan Singkhon border pass, where they would then cross the border.

All adults in the group have valid work permits, but they were eager to go home because they had been unemployed in Thailand for some time. Pira told police that the workers had paid the travel agent up to 10,000 baht each so they could return to Myanmar.

The migrant workers along with Khun Pira were escorted to the headquarters of the 146th Border Patrol Police for Covid19 tested and further questioning. Twelve of the migrants were found to be infected.

Pira said that while the migrants came from different provinces, including Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Chachoengsao and Samut Prakan, they stayed in Samut Sakhon while waiting for their transport to be arranged.

The driver was charged with violating the emergency decree by violating the curfew and moving migrant workers without permission. The workers were charged with disobeying the decree and violating the travel ban.

Yesterday, Prachuap Khiri Khan province reported 151 new cases, including 40 found at a fruit processing plant in Sam Roi Yot district. The factory, which accounted for 134 cases alone, has been converted into a field hospital.

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