Nine netted in fish fighting raid

Police arrested nine men and seized 28 Siamese fighting fish and 24 glass jars in a raid on a gambling hall at a construction site in Phuket. Eleven other men escaped into the surrounding rubber plantation after the police identified themselves when fish fight betting started. A police official said officers had received a tip the den was open every weekend. In the Thai traditional sport, two male fish are put in a jar where they instinctively will fight.