(Clearwisdom.net) [Note: The following is a shortened version of a longer and more detailed article that appeared on the Minghui.org website (Chinese version of Clearwisdom.net).]
At dusk on May 8, 2008, practitioner Mr. Song Bangfu drove to the Erqiao Community in Guiyang City to visit Ms. He Meixiang, an elderly lady. He was arrested by police officers from the Guiyang City Police Department and Touqiao Police Station, who were monitoring the area. He was severely beaten on spot. Some valuables that he had with him, worth about 60,000 to 70,000 yuan, and his car were stolen by police officers.
The police officers tortured him day and night to extract a confession before detaining him in the Lannigou Detention Center, where he suffered further abuse. He was then taken to Taiciqia Police Hospital and detained there. In mid-June of 2008, he was sentenced to two years of forced labor and sent to the Zhongba Forced Labor Camp. His family was not notified. Mr. Song had previously been detained at the Zhongba Forced Labor Camp for three years and three months and suffered tremendously.
Mr. Song's entire family has suffered greatly throughout the various CCP campaigns. Mr. Song's 80-year-old mother depends on him to take care of the family, as his second brother is disabled. Mr. Song's arrest brought serious hardship to the entire family. After he was arrested, his mother went to the police department each day to demand the return of the stolen car and property. She was turned away under the pretext that his visiting and helping the old lady financially were illegal and that his property must be confiscated. His mother persisted in her demands and argued vehemently. Meanwhile, some overseas media inquired about the situation by phone. As a result, the police and the 610 Office took Mr. Song to the Zhongba Forced Labor Camp in secret. At present, part of his stolen property, including the car and cash, have been returned to Mr. Song's family, but two banknotes, two customers' notebook computers, and more than 10 MP4 players, which were bought on the day of his arrest, have not been returned. The police department are calling them "evidence" for sentencing Mr. Song to forced labor.