Chinese woman arrested for `fabricating` police firing

A Chinese woman has been arrested for allegedly spreading rumours on her micro blog by saying that police firing at a tourist site has led to a stampede, critically injuring one person.

Beijing: A Chinese woman has been arrested for allegedly spreading rumours on her micro blog by saying that police firing at a tourist site has led to a stampede, critically injuring one person.

A woman has been arrested for claiming that police fired their weapons at a tourist site in central China`s Hubei Province, state run Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday.

The woman, surnamed Feng, wrote on Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, that she saw police officers fire their weapons three times in order to impose order at a rafting area.
The woman, surnamed Feng, wrote on Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, that she saw police officers fire their weapons three times in order to impose order at a rafting area.

"The shootings caused a stampede and one man was critically injured," she wrote.
She subsequently withdrew that.

Police in the city of Yichang, where the rafting area is located, subsequently arrested Feng for fabricating rumours in Wuhan city yesterday.

Feng said she wrote the post because she was upset about having to wait in a long line in the summer heat during her visit to the rafting area.

She said she regretted writing the post and has since deleted it, as well as changed her username.

Feng`s post had a negative effect on society, police said adding that she will be seriously punished.

PTI