A FRESHMAN at a university in Nakhon Ratchasima province (Korat) died while undergoing a hazing ritual in a forest with senior students admitting that he was beaten to death during the orientation activities after first trying to cover it up, Amarin TV said this afternoon (Mar. 14).
Facebook page Anti Sotus stated the university’s administration and the police had been informed that the first-year student, only identified as Nong Prem, died after being beaten by second-year students during the hazing ritual in the forest yesterday.
A later post on the Facebook page quoted the rector’s assistant as saying that alcohol might have been drunk during the ritual but it was still not clear whether the brutal attack stemmed from a personal issue.
He was taken to the Suranaree camp hospital, which is around 20 kilometres away from the site in the forest where the ritual took place, by five senior students who had attacked him but was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Initially these senior students said he died after getting injured while playing football but later confessed it was due to the hazing activities.
Nong Prem’s father said several students were taken there for the ritual and all were beaten but the heaviest blows fell on his son.
His body remained in the hospital with doctors still determining the cause of death.
Pixelated image of Nong Prem. The Thai headline says, “Orientation activities, dead in the forest.” Photo: Amarin TV