Bo Xilai

Shajing gang arrests hailed by media

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 11 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 11 February, 2012, 12:00am


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Guangdong media yesterday hailed an earlier crackdown on a criminal syndicate in Baoan District in Shenzhen, a day after the province's party secretary Wang Yang said the province would launch crackdowns on the triads.

The gang is accused of illegally dominating a neighbourhood's waste collection and real estate businesses for years, according to a Yangcheng Evening News report yesterday.

On Tuesday, Chen Yaodong, the gang's chief, and several gang members were arrested following raids on several upmarket hotels in the district's Shajing area by about 200 policemen.

Liu Shaoxiong, party secretary of the Shajing Subdistrict Government Office, believed to have had close links to the gang, was also arrested. Liu was stripped of his position on Wednesday.

The Southern Metropolis Daily quoted some people with knowledge of the matter as saying that Liu's removal was related to land problems.

On Thursday, Wang ordered a crackdown on organised crime syndicates that dominated businesses by force, made and sold counterfeit goods, and practised commercial bribery.

The timing of his order - which came only a day after Chongqing said its vice-mayor and triad buster Wang Lijun was on stress leave - sparked speculations, as Wang and Chongqing's party chief Bo Xilai have long been viewed as rivals for a seat in the Politburo Standing Committee in the upcoming 18th Party Congress.

The Baoan police were not notified before the raids, the paper said.