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Villagers Plan Protest to Oust Official

At least 500 villagers plan to protest in Battambang province to protest the removal of a local deputy police chief, organizers said.

Villagers say Heng Chantho, deputy police chief from Banan town, Battambang province, has abused his position, including firing his weapon near villagers in a dispute.

Villagers also say they've been falsely detained and had logs stolen by Heng Chantho.

Serious allegations against him could be considered "defamation," Heng Chantho said.

"In the name of police officers, I fulfill my duty," he said.