SURAT THANI – Immigration authorities on Thursday arrested 19 Chinese citizens illegally working at a construction site on Koh Samui.
Surat Thani immigration chief Wanchana Bowornboon said the Chinese entered the country with tourist visas to build a resort on the island. The project was believed to be undertaken by TCW Construction Co according to a sign board at the site.
The Chinese workers will be charged with illegally working in the country, blacklisted and deported, Pol Col Wanchana said.
Authorities also checked 24 Myanmar workers and all had work permits.
Meanwhile, a Vietnamese man wanted for a vicious assault on a woman who reprimanded him for smoking in the lobby of a block of flats in Nonthaburi was arrested on a train while heading out of the country on Thursday.
Lung Van Chuyen, 30, was apprehended on the Bangkok-Nong Khai train at Khon Kaen railway station in Muang district about 3.30am, Pol Col Samphan Lueangsajjakul of the tourist police said.
The arrest followed a Facebook post by user Mikke Minne, about a drunken man hitting a woman who reprimanded him for smoking outside his room at the flats in Bang Yai district of Nonthaburi on Dec 4.
The post was supported with surveillance camera footage.
The man was travelling on the train, intending to cross the border in Nong Khai to Laos and then return to Vietnam, Pol Col Samphan said. Police took him back to Bang Yai for prosecution.
By Supapong Chaolan
The Bangkok Post