Sixteen Jiangxi province officials have been held responsible for the failure to resolve grievances over land grabs that led to three bombings of government buildings in Fuzhou in May that killed three people, including the bomber. Local media reported yesterday that the Jiangxi provincial party disciplinary inspection committee had held the 16 officials accountable for the May 26 bombings. Xi Dongsen, the head of the city's Linchuan district, was dismissed from his position and put on probation for two years. He Daxin, president of one of the city's Intermediate People's Courts, resigned and was given a serious disciplinary warning from the Communist Party. The other officials also received party disciplinary punishment. The sanctions acknowledge that the local government failed to address a petitioner's grievances, despite years of appeals over the forced demolition of properties. On May 26, businessman Qian Mingqi set off three explosions outside government buildings in Fuzhou after years of fruitless petitioning against the government's forced demolition of his five-storey home in 2002 for a highway that was never built. He bombed three Linchuan government buildings within 27 minutes. The eight-storey prosecutors' office was shaken by a massive explosion in a van fully loaded with explosives in the building's underground car park, with almost all the office's windows smashed and a huge plume of white smoke rising into the sky. The second blast took place after a security guard stopped a van driven by Qian from entering the district government's car park. The security guard and one of his colleagues died. The third bomb exploded near the food and drug administration headquarters. Qian carried out the attack after being offered compensation which he considered insufficient. He had posted complaints on microblogs and painted graffiti to vent his outrage. He was thrown in jail, beaten and locked up in a psychiatric ward for the trouble he caused. In one microblog entry he accused Xi of embezzling more than 10 million yuan of land requisition funds and eviction allowances when he was in charge of party discipline. The official Xinhua news agency described the Fuzhou bombings as a criminal case caused by a dispute of compensation for seized land. The case also revealed Linchuan district government's long-standing negligence and reluctance to resolve public grievances and the lack of an immediate and justifiable response by the local judicial authorities. Commenting on the officials' punishment, Ding Meijin , who petitioned with Qian, said she received a small amount in compensation but would have received nothing at all if not for Qian. 'If not for the bombing, no one would have been compensated,' she said. 'If you know this government, you will know there is no use placing any hope on it, so just take whatever there is for you. I'm all drained out.' Another petitioner, Zhang Laiyi , said the punishment of the officials was 'impossibly light'. 'It can't be any lighter than that but what can we powerless people do?' Zhang said. ' 'It is meaningless to us people who have suffered so much only to see a couple of warnings being issued and a couple of small characters being dismissed.'