Mr. Meng Guangshen was in his 60s, and was also from Louzhangzi Township, Qinglong County, Hebei Province. He began practicing Falun Gong in 1996, and soon afterward all his illnesses, including hepatitis, disappeared. Since the beginning of the persecution, Mr. Meng had been arrested twice for clarifying the truth about Falun Gong. During his detention, he was brutally tortured and was once sent to a forced brainwashing class. The former Chinese Communist Party Secretary of Qinglong Township, Liu Zhanmin, frequently led police and local officials to illegally ransack Mr. Meng's house, regardless of the time of day. Due to long-term persecution, Meng Guangshen's illnesses relapsed and he died in 2002.