China`s gang crackdown nets 278,000 criminal cases

China has handled 278,000 criminal cases resulting from a crackdown on gangs, violence and corruption.

Last Updated: Sep 01, 2010, 21:48 PM IST

Beijing: China has handled 278,000 criminal
cases resulting from a crackdown on gangs, violence and
corruption.

The "strike hard" campaign has uprooted more than 1,500
mafia-style gangs since it began late last year, the official
Xinhua News Agency reported late yesterday.
The campaign resulted in arrests of 256,000 suspects,
Xinhua said. The report did not explain who the suspects were
or why the number of criminal cases handled this year was
higher than the number of arrests.

The nationwide campaign has also been seen as aimed at
political targets, especially those in areas such as Xinjiang
and Tibet, where ethnic tensions have boiled over to violence
in recent years.

Last month, one of Tibet`s richest businessmen, Dorje
Tashi, was sentenced to life in prison for helping exile
groups. Dorje Tashi`s sentence came as a surprise, since he
joined the ruling Communist Party in 2003 and was praised in
local media for helping security forces after the Lhasa riots.

The "strike hard" crackdown on the southern megacity of
Chongqing`s violent underworld was declared a success by its
mayor this week, as thousands of arrests and trials have taken
place since last year. The crackdown exposed deep links
between government officials and police officers who provided
cover for crime syndicates.
The highest ranked person ensnared in the crackdown was
former director of the city`s judicial department, who was
executed in July.

The campaign also has focused on preventing repeats of a
series of assaults at schools across the country that killed
at least 17 youngsters and wounded more than 50. Authorities
blamed them on people with personal grudges or suffering from
mental illness.

PTI