More than 1,200 members of the banned Falun Gong group are said to have been detained last week after security officials were mobilised to arrest defiant cult followers across eight provinces. A human rights group alleges many of those detained were tortured, with a university lecturer hospitalised. The crackdown was ordered after a variety of provincial governments reported to central authorities that the group was organising rallies and demonstrations despite an earlier purge. 'A week-long massive arrest of Falun Gong practitioners took place from June 18 to 25 in provinces including Hebei, Heilongjiang, Liaoning, Jilin, Guangdong, Shandong, Sichuan and Hunan. Over 1,200 followers were detained,' the Hong Kong-based Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said. Zhao Xin, 30, a lecturer at Beijing's Business Management University, was detained on June 19 while taking part in a group practice in a Beijing park, the information centre quoted Falun Gong sources as saying. She was locked up at a detention centre near the Haidian district in the capital. Several vertebrae in her back had been smashed. The centre said more than 100 people were detained in Beijing's Tiananmen Square on Sunday, while Falun Gong sources said another 100 were detained in Harbin on Saturday after practising Falun Gong in a park. More than 300 had been picked up in a park in Guangzhou on June 18. Chinese authorities outlawed the spiritual movement last July after labelling it an 'evil cult'. Beijing accuses Falun Gong - a meditative belief combining Buddhist and Taoist ideas with those of its founder, a former government grain clerk - of anti-scientific thinking and causing thousands of followers' deaths by suicide or refusal of medicine. Tens of thousands of practitioners have been detained since last July and leaders jailed for up to 18 years. Human rights groups say at least 22 practitioners have been tortured to death.