Within 36 hours, Guangdong province has a second announcement about a resident receiving a cash reward for a tip-off to police that led to the capture of a terrorism suspect.
Guangzhou police posted on their official Weibo social media page late last night that they had given a citizen a cash reward for information on a fugitive. The suspect taken into custody in late June was allegedly involved in terrorist activities, the posting said, but no further details of the case were revealed, including anything about the suspect.
On Wednesday night, Shenzhen police reported online that, thanks to a citizen’s tip-off, they had captured a terrorism suspect on the run only hours after he had arrived in the city.
Guangdong is one of 12 provinces, regions and municipalities that have introduced anti-terrorism cash reward schemes in response to directives from the Ministry of Public Security.
The scheme implemented in Guangzhou, for instance, promises a cash reward of up to 500,000 yuan (HK$628,000) to a citizen who gives valid information leading to an arrest.
In Beijing, where newspaper vendors and street cobblers have been mobilised to join its 100,000-member citizen intelligence army, three citizens have received in total 50,000 yuan for giving the police information on vendors selling petrol without licences, Xinhua reported.
The mass mobilisation came as the ministry launched a national anti-terrorism campaign, centred on the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in the far west, after a string of deadly attacks in Xinjiang and Yunnan province.
Shanghai and other cities have stepped up security checks on public transport. All Shanghai passengers carrying liquid are instructed to “drink it” at the security check before boarding, the city’s railway police announced on Thursday.
As the national anti-terrorism campaign gathers pace, Xinjiang is also stepping up its crackdown on the spread of audios and videos that authorities say incite terrorism.
On Thursday alone, courts in Xinjiang sentenced dozens of people  in 11 cases that involved the spread of terrorist audios and videos. Three of them were sentenced to life in prison.