Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Banteay Meanchey to increase border patrol

Banteay Meanchey to increase border patrol

Banteay Meanchey to increase border patrol

Banteay Meanchey authorities yesterday stepped up efforts to control the province’s porous border with Thailand following an incident on Saturday that saw a Cambodian migrant worker lose his leg to a landmine while attempting to evade Thai police.

According to Banteay Meanchey provincial council director Oung Eoun, the new measures include deploying soldiers to patrol the border in order to stop Cambodians crossing to Thailand in search of work. The patrols will also guard against the smuggling of people, drugs and commercial goods, he added.

Eoun warned that any officials caught colluding with traffickers or workers trying to cross without proper documentation could lose their jobs or even be sent to prison.

“The route is not only where the untaxed goods are smuggled, but it also serves as a way criminals use to trade timber and drugs as well,” he said.

Banteay Meanchey’s provincial deputy police chief Seth Los said he had ordered his officers to arrest and send to court job brokers operating in the province who he said lured people into crossing the border illegally.

MOST VIEWED

  • Government hits back at threats to pull EBA, suspend UN seat

    The spokesman for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has said the government is in no way concerned after the European Parliament gave it three months to reverse what it called the “systematic repression of the political opposition”. Ignoring the ultimatum could mean facing

  • EU parliament’s 13-point vote to decide on possible sanctions

    The European Parliament is due to vote on Thursday on a 13-point resolution on Cambodia – which includes a call for the treason charges against bailed opposition leader Kem Sokha to be dropped – a threat that could see the EU enforce a range of sanctions against

  • Chinese influx pushing locals, Westerners out of Preah Sihanouk

    Some within the Kingdom’s tourism industry have speculated that the recent influx of Chinese visitors may hinder domestic tourism as the price of accommodations in the coastal city of Sihanoukville continues to rise. Preah Sihanouk province, which has become a hotbed for Chinese investment

  • Sar Kheng: Sokha requested security

    Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Sunday revealed the story behind the transfer of former opposition party leader Kem Sokha from Trapaing Phlong prison in Tbong Khmum province to his house in the capital. Speaking at the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) headquarters in Prey