Young Woman Tortured to Death by Police in Qianan City, Hebei Province, China
This tragic event occurred during Spring of this year. A female Falun Gong practitioner from out of town was tortured to death while in Qianan City police custody. She went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong during the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) and was sent by the Beijing Public Security Bureau to be temporarily detained in the Cuizhuang Detention Center in Qianan City, Hebei Province.
In order not to affect her family and work unit, this practitioner refused to reveal her identity and the name of her workplace. As a result, she was brutally beaten by the local police. At 7 AM on February 18, 2001, the guards began to beat her again and did not stop until 11 PM. Then they dragged her back to her cell with wounds covering her body, leaving a trail of blood on the ground. The exposed parts of her body were covered with gruesome wounds. The eyelashes and the eyebrow of her left eye were pulled out. Her nose was charred by fire (reported to be from a cigarette lighter), and her socks had stuck to the bones of her heels with dried blood. She was left unattended and dying in her cell, completely ignored by the guards. Only when she went into a coma on February 20 did they send her to Qianan City's Chinese Traditional Medicine Hospital. This practitioner passed away on February 22.
To cover up their crime, the police cremated her on the same day and claimed that she died from a cerebral hemorrhage.
We know little about her, only that she was 32 years old and spoke with a Fujian accent. Due to China's tightly controlled information blockade, this news did not leak out until nine months later. We are still investigating the details. We hope that practitioners in Fujian Province can locate her family.
People who were involved in the case:
Peng Minghui -- Manager of the Political Security Department of Qianan City Public Security Bureau
Hui Zhijiang -- Head of the Cuizhuang Detention Center
Qiu Jiandong - Deputy Director of the Qianan City Public Security Bureau (he is the one who led the beatings)
ZIP Code of the bureau: 064400
Practitioners in Qianan City have distributed a great deal of literature to expose this case. The police reacted by arresting dozens of local practitioners without any evidence of wrongdoing. The police even arrested practitioners in other areas.