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Bus driver stabbed in China after asking passenger not to smoke

Driver was treated for non-critical wound while suspected assailant was captured after an overnight manhunt

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 19 March, 2017, 4:27pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 19 March, 2017, 4:27pm

A man was arrested in a large city in central China on Saturday for stabbing a bus driver who a day earlier tried to stop him smoking inside the vehicle, a news website reported.

The man lit up a cigarette as the bus was about to pull into a stop in Wuhan, Hubei province. After receiving a verbal warning from the driver, the man moved to the front of the bus and attacked the driver with a knife, Thepaper.cn reported.

The driver was taken to hospital and treated for the non-critical injury.

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The suspect fled and disappeared on a crowded street in a densely populated area.

After an overnight manhunt, police caught the suspect while he was having breakfast at a cooked food stall.

The suspect had a criminal record and had been jailed several times for assault, according to police.

An increasing number of mainland cities are enforcing smoking bans in public buildings and transport.

While most smokers stub out their butts, some react menacingly to friendly reminders.

Earlier this month, a video a man smoking on the subway in Nanjing, Jiangsu province went viral on social media. When other passengers asked him to stop, he insisted that smoking was not a big deal on a “cheap” subway train.

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The Public Security Bureau of Nanjing later issued a statement on social media that the train cost 60 million yuan, and that the man was later arrested for violating public transport by-laws.

In most circumstances, smokers are let off with a warning or fined a modest fine of 20 yuan to 50 yuan (US$2.90 to US$7.25).

But anti-smoking activists say smokers are happy to pay such light penalties if they can smoke freely in hotels or restaurants.