Xian's Changchao city police chief Qu Shijian has been removed from office over the wrongful arrest and beating in custody of a college student. Deputy police chief Ren Wei and arresting officer Xie Xiaojun were charged with 'excessive and criminal abuse of power' over the incident. Other officers were awaiting punishment for beating the prisoner, who was accused of having sex with a prostitute. The young man, cleared of all charges by the local government, spent more than two weeks in Kai County People's Hospital following a severe beating administered while he was in police custody. The injured student now suffers from amnesia. According to a report in the Beijing Youth Daily, Zhao Chuan, a student at Xian Electrical Science University, was stunned when police dragged him away from a market in Wulong village where he was buying sandals on August 3. They screamed to onlookers that he was a 'little thief'. But they arrested him for soliciting a prostitute after a woman told police a 'confident young man wearing glasses' was among clients who paid 100 yuan (HK$94) for sex on July 29. Not only did Mr Zhao deny all charges, his relatives and neighbours confirmed he was at home all day. Police reportedly demanded 5,200 yuan (HK$4,736) for his release. Even pleas by local cadres to free him or at least lower the set fine, were ignored by police. Mr Zhao's cellmate, Chen Guangsheng, said police tried to force the student to 'confess', using their knees and batons to beat him severely. Mr Chen claimed that he, too, was falsely arrested for soliciting a prostitute, though he avoided being beaten by 'confessing' and agreeing to pay a 2,200 yuan 'fine'. When a reporter from the Zhongqing Evening Post questioned police and produced the evidence of numerous people who could attest to the fact that Mr Zhao had never left home on July 29, deputy Ren Wei reportedly said: 'If we want we can find 10,000 people who will confirm what we're saying.' Mr Zhao failed to return home after being released on August 5. He was found a day later, lying in a daze on a river bank. Local authorities, who had already begun their own probe, paid for him to go to hospital on August 7. On August 19, Zhongqing City No 2 Procuratorial Court ruled that Mr Zhao had been wrongfully arrested and that police had criminally abused their powers in beating him. Mr Zhao and his family are now said to be planning a civil lawsuit for damages.