Indian tourist assaulted for allegedly using fake banknotes
An Indian tourist was arrested after he was assaulted by several vendors in Mueang Chiang Rai district late Saturday night. The vendors claimed that the Indian man tried to buy their goods with Bt500 banknotes.
Pol Lt Gen Worayuth Kanthasorn, an inspector on duty of Mueang Chiang Rai police station, was informed of the assault of the tourist at 10 pm Saturday. He was informed that a foreign tourist was being attacked by vendors on the walking street in Chiang Rai downtown.
He dispatched a team of police officers to the scene and found that the tourist, who was later identified only as Suress, 40, had been badly injured and suffered head injuries. He was surrounded by vendors who kept on cursing him.
The vendor claimed the Indian had earlier been seen using fake Bt500 notes to buy goods from several shops on the walking street.
The vendors claimed that the Indian had used fake notes several time earlier so the cheated vendors posted on Facebook to warn other vendors. They described the look of the tourist on their posts so when the Indian appeared came to the walking street Saturday night, he was recognized.
The vendors said the Indian tried to run away and he discarded some 30 fake Bank notes on the roadside before he was captured by the vendors who beat him up.
Suress, who could not speak Thai, denied the charges. Police suspect that he has other accomplices because many fake Bt500 notes have been detected in the Mae Sai border market.