Six Chinese officials suspended for orphanage deaths

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 16:48

Beijing: Six Chinese officials were suspended pending inquiry into the deaths of seven people including six children at a unlicensed orphanage in central China`s Henan Province, official media reported Tuesday.
The government of Lankao county has suspended the county`s top civil affairs official Yang Peimin and five other officials for further investigation, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Seven people, including six children and one 20-year-old man, died on Friday morning in the fire at the unregistered orphanage, run by a street vendor Yuan Lihai.

All the deceased were orphans or abandoned children who were adopted by Yuan.

They were left at home unattended when the fire broke out, as Yuan was taking other older children to school.


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First Published: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 16:48

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