Petitioner killed in confrontation with police
One petitioner was killed and another injured when police tried to prevent 10 petitioners from travelling from Liaoning province to Beijing to complain about alleged illegal land requisition, a human rights group reported yesterday.
Police were holding the eight other petitioners, the Hong Kong-based Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said.
It said the petitioners, all from Haicheng, planned to meet at the local railway station to travel to Beijing tomorrow Friday, but were confronted there by police trying to stop them.
The centre said one of the petitioners - identified as Wang Shan - became so agitated that he jumped onto the tracks and was killed by a train. Another petitioner was seriously injured.
Authorities then mobilised hundreds of police to guard railway stations and highways in Haicheng to prevent other petitioners from staging protests over the incident.
According to the centre's report, the petitioners wanted to complain to central government authorities in Beijing about a lack of compensation when local officials seized their farmland for the construction of a development zone.
The incident came as top officials again are reminding local cadres to handle properly any petitions.