Two officials sacked over fatal bombings in Jiangxi

PUBLISHED : Monday, 06 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 06 June, 2011, 12:00am


Two top officials of Linchuan district in Fuzhou, Jiangxi province, were removed from their posts following three deadly bombings at government offices last month, state media reported yesterday.

The bombings on May 26 killed three people, including the bomber, and injured five others.

Before his alleged suicide bombing, Qian Mingqi, 52, singled out Xi Dongsen, the head of the local district government, saying the official embezzled millions of yuan during the process for demolishing and relocating Qian's home.

Xinhua quoted a spokesman for the Fuzhou municipal government as saying yesterday that both Xi and Fu Qing, party secretary of Linchuan district, were removed from their posts on Saturday, nine days after Qian blew up three buildings.

Zhang Laiyi, a 65-year-old protester who fought for more reasonable eviction compensation, along with Qian, for almost a decade, said yesterday: 'Undoubtedly, Xi has to take full responsibility for the whole thing. He has been involved in the process since the very beginning of a demolition and eviction project in 2002.'

Qian accused Xi, the former secretary of the party's disciplinary inspection commission in Linchuan, of slashing the allowance for those affected by the construction of a highway linking Beijing and Fuzhou, the capital of neighbouring Fujian province, without authorisation, and of dividing more than 10 million yuan (HK$12 million) in compensation money - which had been earmarked for households evicted for the project - among himself and his colleagues.

Qian claimed this cost him more than 2 million yuan, according to a message he left on his Sina Weibo microblog on May 21, five days before the bombings.