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5 arrested for electric baton sales

FIVE suspects have been arrested for selling banned electric batons in the city's streets, the first case of illegal police equipment sales in Shanghai.

The suspects hawked the batons, which could shock people with 100,000-volt electricity, for self-defense use.

It's illegal to manufacture, sell and possess the police device for civilian use in China.

Police confiscated 54 batons, said Songjiang District authorities. The source of the batons was not disclosed.

"The suspects usually sell them to drivers at the crossroads of Husong Highway and Laiting Road to drivers," the police stated. "They also boasted the baton would discharge 500,000 volts of power."

The police said the rods, priced at about 100 yuan (US$15.70), were popular among truck drivers and female taxi drivers trying to protect themselves.

However, electric rods cannot be legally manufactured or sold for such uses, according to China's law. They are only for police use, authorities warned.


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