Police in Oddar Meanchey province’s Samroang city on Wednesday arrested a farmer accused of threatening police during a search of his home in O’Smach commune.
Captain Chey Veasna, chief of O’Smach commune police, identified the suspect as Proum Ros, a 61-year-old farmer from Akphiwat village.
Cap Veasna said the suspect was targeted by police for using marijuana and also distributing the drug in O’Smach commune, which sits near the Thai border.
At about 11pm on Wednesday, police in O’Smach commune raided the suspect’s house, where they caught him smoking marijuana.
Upon seeing the police entering his house, Mr Ros proceeded to attack using various weapons, including an arrow, a sling, and an axe before eventually fleeing the scene, Cap Veasna said.
“After attacking our police forces, he managed to flee into a forest,” he added.
Police continued to chase the suspect into the forest and fired two bullets into the air before arresting him at 12pm.
Cap Veasna said the police seized the axe, the slingshot, and marijuana tools from the suspect, but did not seize any drugs from him.
Mr Ros said yesterday after he was arrested that the police beat and tortured him.
The farmer added that he was not a drug trafficker but admitted that he did consume marijuana.
“[The police] were cruel,” Mr Ros said. “After they arrested me, they beat me and tortured me. They also threatened to kill me,” he added.
Major Huon Phearum, deputy chief of Samroang city police, denied Mr Ros’ allegations.
“He resisted and had weapons on his hands. Police could not arrest him. Police then fired two bullets in the air to stop him from running,” Maj Phearum said. “Police did not beat him or torture him.”
Maj Phearum further added that Mr Ros now has been released after the police had educated him on the prohibition of drug use and violence.
Mr Ros also signed a contract with the police, which noted that he will no longer use drug or commit any violence on the police or neighbours.