Seven arrested after 'brawl between gangs breaks out in hospital'

Seven arrested after 'brawl between gangs breaks out in hospital'

One of the men allegedly used a baseball bat (Stock image)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Seven men have been arrested after a brawl started in a hospital emergency room in Thailand.

The men had allegedly broken into the hospital and attacked a patient as well as two of his friends, according to the Bangkok Post.

It is claimed one of the men used a baseball bat to attack the three, one of whom had to have 20 stitches due to severe injuries. The other two had only minor injuries.

Police believe the alleged brawl at Krathum Baen Hospital on Sunday (November 5) started due to a dispute between two gangs.

Deputy national police chief Chaloemkiat Siworakhan has said that the seven arrested have been charged with carrying weapons and collusion to commit physical assault.

It is claimed that the group have admitted to these charges. All seven have previous records with some allegedly involved in drugs, robbery and rape.

Director of the hospital Chokchai Lithochawalit has announced that security has been improved, hospital doors are to be reinforced and phones will be permitted for staff so they are able to contact the police easily.

A separate attack also took place at the Doi Tao Hospital on Monday (November 6) and the secretary for public health Chetsada Chokdamrongsuk has warned hospitals to be aware that others may attempt to attack facilities.

He added that police or soldiers may need to be stationed at hospitals after events such as festivals or concerts, as this is likely to be when tensions rise.