Public Security officials have confiscated assets worth 300 million yuan (HK$282 million) from the banned Zhong Gong spiritual group in Shaanxi province, a Hong Kong-based human rights group said. The Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said the 123 bases police had taken over included job-skill training schools, travel agencies, health rehabilitation centres, fitness clubs and trading firms of the spiritual movement. 'All the operations shut by the public security officials were legally registered and had operation licences issued by relevant industry and commerce administration departments,' a Zhong Gong source said. 'It is illegal to confiscate private enterprises and personal properties by force,' the source said. Shaanxi officials confirmed the group's training centres had been closed and that disposal of all the confiscated properties in different provinces would be dealt with later pending a final decision by the central Government. Zhong Gong sources said some of its properties would probably be auctioned. 'A Zhong Gong sanatorium at Taibai Mountain worth 150 million yuan will probably be turned into Shaanxi province's largest prison,' another Zhong Gong source said. Authorities started cracking down on Zhong Gong last November after President Jiang Zemin called it a cult, which at its peak was said to have nearly 20 million mainland followers. Police raided Zhong Gong's head office in Beijing and closed its 3,000 training centres and businesses in the country. The group said the crackdown had left 100,000 people jobless and 600 in detention. Police have continued to arrest defiant Zhong Gong followers including Jin Song and Sun Guifang, both leaders of the group in Shenzhen. The group's founder, Zhang Hongbao, fled in February to the US-administered island of Guam and is waiting for political asylum hearing in the US.