Banteay Meanchey: On June 2, 2019, at 3:40 pm, Banteay Meanchey police, together with Department of Culture in the province launched an operation to protect the heritage site at Prasat Banteay.
Grave diggers have been illegally excavating ancients sites in the Anlong Roth basin in Svay Chek district.
Lt. General Aum Phirum said that after receiving information that there were cases of digging at the tombs, police, along with Department of Culture Investigation officials went to the scene, but the suspects had already escaped.
Items left behind included: 3 motorbikes and tools. He added that probably 10 or 15 people were involved in the excavation.
Lt. General Aum Phirim has asked citizens to stop these activities because they are illegal and,affect the cultural heritage of the land.
He suggested people cooperate with the police if they see cases of digging around ancient tomb sites, and to report to the police.
The captured item will be kept to record and identify the perpetrators for legal action.