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A SENIOR police officer in Chongqing Municipality was taken from a meeting on Friday and put under immediate investigation in the latest crackdown on gangs and corruption.

Peng Changjian, deputy director of Chongqing Public Security Bureau, had served in Yuzhong District and was reported to be a loyal subordinate to Wen Qiang, former vice director of Chongqing Public Security Bureau, according to China News Service.

Wen is under investigation for allegedly protecting local gangs. An anonymous source quoted by China News Service said the probe into Peng was "bad news" for some district officials.

Another two senior officials from the city have also been ordered to face investigation.

Mao Jianping, deputy prosecutor of the No.1 branch of Chongqing People's Procuratorate, and Zhao Wenrui, deputy director of Chongqing's Beibei District, have been put under "double designation" status - in which a Party official is ordered to explain allegations of disciplinary violations or corruption at a designated time and place.

Mao, also a part-time professor at Southwest University, allegedly offered gangs protection during some criminal investigations.

Zhao allegedly took bribes from gangs during the development of some local projects.

Gangs in Chongqing have long been accused of working with local businesses and government officials. Police have broken up 14 gangs and seized more than 100 suspects in a wide-ranging investigation into loan sharks, blackmailers and illegal gambling.

Officials said gangs have lent more than 30 billion yuan (US$4.39 billion) to local business, almost a third of the municipality's 96.3 billion yuan of financial income last year.

Government officials and judicial departments offering "protective umbrellas" to gangsters contributed to widespread gang-related crimes across the country, authorities said on September 1.

Courts across the country have convicted 12,796 people in connection with 1,171 cases of organized crime since the beginning of 2006, a senior official of the Supreme People's Court said. The figures covered organized-crime cases during a nationwide campaign from January 2006 until the end of July this year.




 

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