Pol Col Pakin Sivamethakul, superintendent of Cha-am district police, said although some of the assailants were sons of local politicians and police officers, they would be dealt with strictly in accordance with the law.
Mrs Areerat Chomlok, mother of the 24-year old victim, Thirapong Thitatharn, a senior at Silpakorn university’s Petchaburi campus, told the media that she doubted the police would take action against the gang because some of them were children of local influential figures.
Thirapong’s body has been moved the hospital to his family’s hometown in Chumporn province, but the body will not be cremated until the family is assured that they will receive justice.
Seven members of the gang have already turned themselves in to the police in Cha-am district with the last still on the run.
Pol Col Pakin said that the assault stemmed from conflict over a female student at Silpakorn University. He added that the gang went to the hostel where Thirapong was staying and beat him to death despite the fact that the victim had nothing to do with the conflict.