Officials sacked after explosions in E.China

(Xinhua)
Updated: 2011-06-05 19:58
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NANCHANG -- Two officials of Fuzhou City in east China's Jiangxi Province have been sacked after a string of explosions hit the city's government buildings late last month, local authorities said on Sunday.

Fu Qing, secretary of Linchuan District's committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), and Xi Dongsen, head of Linchuan District, were removed from their posts Saturday, a spokesman for the Fuzhou municipal government said.

Resident Qian Mingqi, who disputed with the local government over resettlement compensation, is believed to have caused the explosions on May 26 near the city's procuratorate office, the Linchuan district government office and the district's food and drug administration.

Qian himself was killed in the explosions as well as three others, including two guards and an employee of the district's bureau of water resources, the spokesman said.

Qian had been demanding for more compensation after being resettled to make way for a highway in 2002. The government offered to compensate him at 1.8 times of the market price at the end of 2010 but he refused. A local court in Fuzhou was reviewing the case, the spokesman said.

Li Zhifu, secretary of the Yihuang County committee of the CPC, was appointed to replace Fu. Fang Baichun, deputy head of Linchuan District, was named acting head of the district, he added.