10 people attempt to commit mass suicide in China

A group of 10 people in China on Wednesday attempted to commit suicide together by drinking pesticide, protesting against the government`s decision to abolish the Railway Ministry.

Last Updated: Aug 14, 2013, 15:31 PM IST

Beijing: A group of 10 people in China on Wednesday attempted to commit suicide together by drinking pesticide, protesting against the government`s decision to abolish the Railway Ministry.

China has recently abolished once flourishing Railway Ministry, a major employer, as it sustained huge losses and merged with the Transport Ministry, sparking fears of job cuts.

Some of the persons attempted suicide were apparently worked for the railways as they wore T-shirts bearing the "Harbin Railway Bureau" logo, local media reported.

The incident came to light when a passerby noticed them lying on the floor with froth coming out of their mouths in a busy street near Beijing West Railway Station.

They were rushed to the nearby hospitals, state-run China Radio International reported.

PTI