A 42-year-old Indian died after being hit in a shootout between two rival gangs in Bangkok, Thai Police said Monday. Another Loa tourist who was also pronounced dead was later declared alive by the police.
The deceased Gakhrejr Dheeraj died at a hospital after being shot at, The Nation report said.
Another Indian tourist, Sharma Dharmendra, 45, was injured along with two Thai men, Thaksin Suk-iad, 22, and Pornthep Pumpuang, 23.
The shooting took place Sunday night on a street behind Centara Watergate Pavillion hotel in Ratchathewi district, where tourist coaches were parked, a PTI report said.
Pol Maj Gen Senit Samararn Samruajkit, commander of the Metropolitan Police Division 1, said three young men armed with rifles opened fire at their rivals following a dispute at a snooker parlour.
According to witnesses, some 20 young men armed with pistols, knives and sticks were seen running from the snooker parlour into the soi where three young men carrying rifles opened fire.
A tour guide at the shopping mall said that the Indians belonged to a group of Indian tourists taken by coach to dine at the India Gate restaurant on the ground floor of the shopping mall.
The tourists who went shopping after dinner, were waiting for their coach when the shootout happened.
(With agency inputs)