The Royal Thai Army has posthumously promoted a private who was fatally stabbed while trying to end a brawl among Songkran revellers in Nong Khai’s Muang district.
Army spokeswoman Col Sirichan Ngathong said the military had decided to posthumously reward Private Nikorn Yosmarn from the 13th Artillery Battalion in Nong Khai the rank of sergeant.
Nikorn was among troops and police officers guarding the Songkran celebration venue at the Night Planza in Tambon Meechai on April 14 when two groups began fighting.
While Nikorn tried to stop the fighting, a man reportedly stabbed him with a broken beer bottle. He died later in hospital.
Sirichan said the armed forces would sponsor his funeral rite.
The military would pursue the legal case to demand justice and provide assistance to his family, she added.
The spokeswoman said Second Army Area Commander Lt Gen Sanya Kiatisarn chaired a cremation rite for Nikorn at the Pa Bueng Kaew Temple in Nong Khai’s Ratana Wapi district on Wednesday.