An underground art exhibition in Beijing was cancelled by police on the lookout for activities of the outlawed Falun Gong sect. The exhibition, featuring 15 young artists, was due to open on Saturday in a massive bomb shelter beneath a block of flats. But police closed off the area ahead of the opening after a resident told them the venue was a meeting place for Falun Gong followers. Fearing hidden references to the sect, officers demanded to know the meaning behind each of the works, which included musical performances, dancing, a robot and a pile of lobsters. Exhibition organiser Li Zhenghua said: 'I was really quite confused. I don't even like Falun Gong.' A similar exhibition was held last summer in the same basement. 'I think the police know now that I am not Falun Gong, but it is quite clear that they do not want me to hold another exhibition like this,' Mr Li said. Artists were worried they would not be able to retrieve their works, which were locked up in the basement gallery. But the pieces were released after the intensive questioning. No one knew why neighbours had called in to report a Falun Gong gathering. Since the Government banned Falun Gong on July 22, paranoia of public gatherings has heightened. People near Tiananmen Square and Zhongnanhai are questioned, while police patrol parks to make sure no one practises Falun Gong.