Nearly 1m to pa­trol cap­i­tal dur­ing fes­ti­val

China Daily - - CHINA - By DU JUAN du­juan@chi­

Bei­jing has launched a high-pri­or­ity pre­ven­tion and con­trol man­age­ment cam­paign to en­sure pub­lic se­cu­rity by send­ing some 900,000 se­cu­rity staff to pa­trol the cap­i­tal af­ter a deadly at­tack over the week­end.

Some 200,000 se­cu­rity staff were as­signed to pa­trols on Sun­day night af­ter a crim­i­nal sus­pect hurt 13 peo­ple in a shop­ping mall.

Ac­cord­ing to the mu­nic­i­pal po­lice, the sus­pect, sur­named Zhu, 35, who was be­lieved to be armed with a knife, is from Xi­hua county, He­nan prov­ince. At least 13 peo­ple — three males and 10 fe­males — were in­jured in the at­tack that took place at around 1 pm on the sixth floor of Xi­dan Joy City in Xicheng district on Sun­day.

So far, one fe­male vic­tim has died. Five have been re­leased from hos­pi­tal and the rest are still re­ceiv­ing med­i­cal treat­ment with non­life-threat­en­ing in­juries.

The mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment raised the se­cu­rity level shortly af­ter the ac­ci­dent hap­pened. Start­ing from 9 pm on Sun­day night, 200,000 se­cu­rity per­son­nel com­posed of Party mem­bers at district lev­els, se­cu­rity forces in com­mu­ni­ties and se­cu­rity guards went on pa­trol.

The key ar­eas in­clude pub­lic trans­porta­tion venues, busi­nesses open at night and other crowded ar­eas.

And start­ing Mon­day, a se­cu­rity force of 700,000 peo­ple, who are mainly cap­i­tal vol­un­teers, went on pa­trol dur­ing day­time hours. Their fo­cus is not only sub­ways and bus sta­tions, but also shop­ping malls and mar­kets where crowds gather.

The mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment asked each district to ar­range se­cu­rity forces ac­cord­ingly to en­sure they can han­dle sit­u­a­tions if emer­gen­cies oc­cur.

The vol­un­teers will re­port sus­pi­cious be­hav­ior and in­di­vid­u­als to the po­lice and co­op­er­ate with the depart­ment to en­sure a safe en­vi­ron­ment for the pub­lic over the hol­i­day sea­son.

Zhu, the sus­pect, who was caught by po­lice on scene, con­fessed his crime. He doesn’t have any dis­putes with any of the vic­tims.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, Zhu left home af­ter fin­ish­ing high school. While work­ing tem­po­rar­ily in He­nan, Jiangsu and He­bei prov­inces, he be­came ad­dicted to video games.

He found a job in Lang­fang, a city about 50 km south­east of Bei­jing, in He­bei prov­ince, in Feb 2016. By the end of 2017, he quit his job and hasn’t been work­ing since.

The case is in­ves­ti­ga­tion. still un­der

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