Nearly 300 families in Kandal province were yesterday accused of grabbing state land to build huts near a canal in Lvea’em district.
Provincial police chief Eav Chamroeun said five groups of people grabbed the land, according to a post on the Facebook page of the General Commissariat of National Police.
They included 169 families from Arey Kasat village, 42 families living near Outum pagoda, 61 families living near Ksach pagoda, 15 families living in street carts, and 10 families from near Kompaun lake.
The families were accused of taking wood to build huts on four-metre square plots, he said.
“These people have homes in the village,” he said, adding that he did not know why they had tried to take the land.
“Maybe someone pushed them to grab the land,” Mr Chamroeun said.
According footage posted on Facebook, one of the accused land grabbers said they had been allocated the plots by local officials.
“We asked the police for this land to build houses,” she said.
Sous Vannak, who oversees land dispute investigations for Adhoc, said he had received a phone call reporting the issue.
“We are waiting for people to file a complaint with us first,” he said, adding he could not intervene or advise them on the law otherwise.