China rail staff beat passenger to death

2011-09-27 11:05

Beijing - A passenger was beaten to death by staff on a train in eastern China, state media reported, dealing a fresh blow to the rail industry's reputation following a fatal crash in July.

Three train staff seized the middle-aged man by the throat and savagely beat him after he intervened in an argument involving another passenger, Jiangxi Television, a local station, reported on Monday.

Doctors were summoned from an emergency centre near the station in Jiangxi province where the train stopped, but the man died before they arrived, the report said, citing witnesses and the hospital.

The television report showed a document signed by 20 passengers who had witnessed the alleged beating.

"We all feel very angry about the violent beating of the passenger by the train staff," said a woman surnamed Lai who said she was in the same carriage as the man.

Railway police in Jiangxi province were not available for comment when contacted by AFP on Tuesday.

The incident is the latest scandal to hit the country's railway system, which is struggling to rebuild public trust after a train crash near the eastern city of Wenzhou in July that killed at least 40 people.

In February, then railways minister Liu Zhijun was sacked over graft charges, after he allegedly took more than 800m yuan ($125m) in kickbacks over several years on contracts linked to China's high-speed network.

  • GypseyAnn - 2011-09-27 11:20

    Nice one China - you will do well in South Africa (in fact in Africa)!!!

      JMan - 2011-09-27 12:28

      They already are.. :\

      sabc10 - 2011-09-27 12:41

      They already have been for decades without stealing any land at all. In fact south africa has a poor human rights record in treating chinese people in south africa.

  • lienta - 2011-09-27 11:33

    the friends of this banana republic.

  • Ralph2 - 2011-09-27 11:52

    Well they are the new masters. Can't get a visa for the Dalai Lama without their permission.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-09-27 12:16

    That's a bloody Lai...

  • theprodigy - 2011-09-27 12:34

    this is what to expect from China in Africa, its just a little taste of what to come Comrades.

      sabc10 - 2011-09-27 12:43

      wait until the curry munchers will be using your left hand to clean your ass and your right hand to eat your meals.

  • Ross - 2011-09-27 12:35

    The death wagons will be visiting the perpetrators sooner than later. Bodyparts will thereafter be removed for recycling and the family will pay for the whole procedure.

  • Willem - 2011-09-27 12:38

    Pitty the guy got killed for intervening. I've been to China for holiday - Awesome place and nice clean trains. We never had problems and felt 100% safe at all times - Unlike here in SA. Normally a lot of cops at all stations and streets too.

  • Nesh - 2011-09-27 13:41

    @SABC10...By Curry Munchers, I am assuming you mean Indians. We have been in this country for over a hundered years, you ignorant Snot. We have done fantastically well. Where did your kind come from? Holland, Britain, Nigeria?

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