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5 held in vendor assault case

MINHANG District police have detained five urban management employees who allegedly beat a 28-year-old street vendor on July 11, officers said yesterday.

Peng Lin, the vendor who sold watermelons with his wife in Minhang's Jiwang Town, is being treated in the intensive care unit at Huashan Hospital. A doctor said Peng suffered bruising to the brain and a spinal injury, but was in a stable condition.

Police said a few urban management employees beat Peng in a mini van before sending him to a police station.

Police did not disclose the names of the five suspects.

On July 11, a fight broke out as urban management officers cleared out unlicensed street vendors on Jiqian Road in Jiwang at about 4:30pm. The team tried to take Peng's watermelons.

Peng, an Anhui Province native, and his wife Chen Chuanying struggled to get the watermelons back. Peng was pushed against a wall and taken to the mini van.

A witness said the urban management officers carried Peng about 10 meters with several people holding his head and others holding his ankles.

Peng bit one officer on the leg during the altercation, police said.

At Jiwang police station, Peng told his brother-in-law Chen Chuanyi that the people in the van had beat and kicked him repeatedly.

Later, police found Peng was unable to speak and they sent him to Changning District Central Hospital. He was transferred to Huashan Hospital two days later.

The case is another in a long line of incidents between urban management officers and unlicensed street vendors.

Jiwang residents said such conflicts are frequent and sometimes they turn violent.

A new regulation will take effect this Saturday that guides urban management officers on how to deal with confiscated goods, said Peng Yanling, an official with the law-making department of the Shanghai Urban Management Bureau.

According to the new regulation, confiscated fruit and vegetables should be kept for two days while others should be kept for no more than 15 days. The goods will be auctioned if owners fail to reclaim them, it said.


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