The chief of the Khao Yai National Park was suspended for holding a controversial party that included a concert there.
National Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa said Friday that Thanya Netithamkul, director-general of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, would assign Damras Phoprasit, the director of the National Parks Office, to be the acting chief of the Khao Yai National Park.
According to the minister, the director-general also formed a fact-finding committee in response to a video clip showing the controversial party.
Wrongdoers would be investigated and punished without any leniency, Varawut said.
The video clip showed a concert and the so-called “coyote” dancing girls on a stage. The recording was made on Jan. 26 when Khao Yai park rangers paid respect to the Chao Pho Khao Yai holy spirit in the morning, had sports activities in the afternoon and enjoyed the party at night.
Observers viewed that the party could violate the National Parks Act and a disease control law.