Chinese official interrogated over corruption dies

Ran Jianxin was arrested for allegedly taking bribes from construction contractors.

Beijing: A Chinese government official, who was being interrogated over corruption charges, has died, authorities said.

Ran Jianxin, 49, a deputy of the people`s congress in Lichuan city of Hubei province, was arrested on May 26 for allegedly taking bribes from construction contractors, Xinhua reported.

He died while being interrogated, the local government said in a statement.

Gan Guowei - a cousin of Ran - however, said he found signs of wounds on Ran`s body at the hospital where his body was kept and believed it was an "unnatural death".

The Hubei administration has launched an investigation into Ran`s death.