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Lengthy land dispute victims plead for help

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A group of 22 people are yet to receive land promised to them. Supplied

Victims of a long-running land dispute relating to an economic land concession in Battambang on Wednesday demonstrated at the provincial hall to plead for intervention in their case.

Battambang town police chief Pang Heang said 22 people were yet to receive land promised to them and have asked for help from the provincial governor.

“Initially there were more than 70 families involved in the land dispute. The provincial hall solved the matter for them and divided up land for those affected, but some people were cheated by others in their group and missed out,” he said.

Mr Heang said more than 70 hectares were involved in the dispute with the company in Sampov Loun district’s Prek Krasaing village.

Provincial Adhoc coordinator Yin Mengly said the dispute began in 2011.

“The area used to be state land where the people lived for a long time and then it was granted to an agro-industrial company as an economic land concession,” he said.

Battambang provincial hall administration chief Soeum Bunrith said the authority is taking action on the peoples’ request.

“We have tried to solve the matter several times and have already identified the land owners. We will try to deliver justice to those involved,” he said.

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