China orders nationwide security to stop attacks on children
China has ordered its police forces nationwide to beef up security for lakhs of school children to protect them from attacks.
Beijing: China has ordered its police
forces nationwide to beef up security for lakhs of school
children to protect them from attacks purportedly by mentally
depressed people and ordered authorities to take stern action
against the perpetrators of such crime.
Police forces were ordered to step up security of
kindergartens and schools after a spate of violent attacks
against school children, state-run Xinhua news agency
An emergency circular issued by the Ministry of Public
Security also called for harsh punishments of criminals who
attacked school kids in order to deter potential attackers.
It ordered all necessary measures be taken against
attackers in accordance with the law to stop a crime in
progress. The ministry instructed police to work with courts
and prosecutors to handle such cases swiftly.
Police must also work with education authorities to
comprehensively screen all campuses and their surrounding
areas for security risks, it said.
Small hotels, Internet cafes and recreational sites
adjacent to schools must be subject to intensive security
checks, the circular said.
It ordered stronger security patrols in and around
school campuses at the beginning and the end of school days,
and in schools situated in "risk-prone" communities. If
necessary police posts should be set up to provide security,
Schools were urged to tighten identity checks at
entrances, hire security guards, and install security alarms
and closed circuit television cameras on campus.
The ministry asked police to closely monitor people
who were inclined to threaten public security and to increase
monitoring of dangerous items and materials, including knives.
Earlier, Vice Minister Education Hao Ping said a task
force focused on beefing up security of the school campuses to
protect over 270 million students has been set up.
The force comprising of 22 university and government
experts would draw up comprehensive plan to bolster security
to the educational institutions, Hao was quoted as saying by
He said emergency management was a "heavy task", as
police patrols near school campuses were bolstered to protect
the country`s 270 million students.
Hao`s remarks came a day after a farmer yesterday
attacked the school children with hammer injuring five of them
before committing suicide by self immolating himself.
The force has been set up following six gory attacks
on school children in different provinces since March 2 by
unemployed and depressed men.
The attacks have set off panic as three such incidents
were reported in three consecutive days till yesterday.
Eleven school children have been killed and 64 others
including teachers injured in the attacks so far.