Falun Dafa practitioner Chen Jianning was a resident of Zhangguantian Village, Shidu Township, Wuning County, Jiangxi Province. He learned Falun Dafa in 1996 and volunteered to be an instructor to teach Falun Dafa exercises. He spent lots of his spare time studying and promoting Falun Dafa. The number of practice sites increased from only one in his village to over ten sites around several townships. He taught new practitioners exercises. He read the main text of Falun Gong, Zhuan Falun, to the practitioners who could not read. He also sent books to practitioners who couldn't afford to buy books. When he set up the first practice site, he provided a new cassette player, given to him as a wedding gift. He often led other practitioners to spread Falun Dafa to other villages, townships, towns and counties. He disciplined himself well and treated others with kindness. He solidly cultivated Falun Dafa according to the principles of "Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance". He was well respected and became the assistant for the Jiujiang area practice site. At the same time, other local Falun Gong practitioners' words and actions also affected the residents. Fewer and fewer fights happened in the village. The whole village's spiritual well being greatly improved. Cheng Jianning was elected to be one of the leaders in the village.
However, after July 20, 1999, this young man who was loved by local practitioners and residents was arrested, tortured and fined by the township police substation as well as the county police department many times. He was eventually beaten to death.
He intended to appeal in Beijing in March 2000, but he was arrested and detained in the county police department illegally for several months. He suffered all sorts of torture and was finally released after they extorted 5,000 Yuan from him. [500 Yuan is the average monthly salary of an urban worker in China.]
Chen Jianning had not completely recovered from the torture when he was arrested again during the Spring Festival of 2001. He was taken to the county police department again and beaten very badly. His family borrowed 4,000 Yuan and begged the police station to let him go. Four months after he was released, he was still unable to work in the fields.
In that year his family had a bumper harvest of grapes. The county government sent cameramen to tape him and make up a story that he became rich from studying some scientific techniques after giving up Falun Gong. Chen Jianning firmly refused to cooperate with them once he knew their intention.
On March 4, 2002, the township police substation arrested him again and beat him up. When he fell unconscious from the beatings, the police poured cold water on him. After the kind-hearted head of the village found out what happened, he spent 3,000 Yuan to have the police release Chen. As a result of the brutal treatment, Chen Jianning was as thin as a rail.
On August 28, 2002, the township sent a policeman named Dong to take him and his wife away. Tang Meifen, his wife, was also a Falun Dafa practitioner. The policeman did not care about the 7-year-old boy that was left at home alone.
In the township police substation, Dong inhumanly tortured Chen Jianning. When they took Chen Jianning to the County Police Station, all the people in the police car witnessed Chen Jianning's bruises. They were all over his body. He was breathing feebly.
In the county police station, the malicious police continued to torture Chen Jianning. When Chen Jianning refused to give up his belief, he was beaten to death.
In order to cover up the facts of the murder, the police threw Chen Jianning off the 6th floor of the county police department. They wanted people to think that Chen jumped off the building. Afterwards, they changed Chen Jianning's bloody clothes. At that time Chen Jianning had 3,400 Yuan with him. Soon afterwards the police sent him to a funeral parlor for cremation.
At the same time, the police in the township police substation were also torturing Chen's wife, Tang Meifen. Five hours after Chen Jianning's body was cremated, Tang Meifen was released. She didn't find out until later that her husband was murdered.
The police department didn't punish policeman Dong, but instead transferred him from the Shidu Township Police Substation to the Chuanwei Township Police Substation.
Such a good young man, who was often praised by the people in his hometown, was murdered just for believing in "Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance." This is another example of the Jiang regime's bloody persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.