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Dead worker's family 'stalked'

POLICE are investigating after family members of a man killed in a city residential building collapse claimed they had been followed and assaulted since the tragedy.

Eleven family members of building-collapse victim Xiao Dekun were taken to Minhang police's Meilong Town branch on Saturday after scuffling with four unidentified people. They stayed in the station from 8am until 4pm, Southern Metropolis Daily reported yesterday.

Minhang District police did not comment on whether the family had been followed, but confirmed to Shanghai Daily that Xiao's mother had a dispute and physical confrontation about 7:40am on Saturday with workers sent from the Meilong Town government to handle some of the aftermath of the accident.

She was agitated at the site and a crowd of onlookers had gathered, which affected traffic, police said. Officers took her and others to the station to learn more information.

The questioning ran into the afternoon, police said. The victim's relatives had calmed down when they left the station and the case was under still investigation.

The family came to Shanghai after the 13-floor building toppled on June 27, killing Xiao, a 22-year-old native of Anhui Province.

He was to be married in October, his mother, Li Yun, told the Guangzhou-based newspaper.

Li and the other 10 family members told the newspaper they had been stalked for a week by four people wearing dark glasses.

They said the four followed family members wherever they went and even monitored them in the hotel where they was staying while they made funeral arrangements.

Li told the newspaper she was pushed to the ground in a brawl when the two sides confronted each other at 7am.

The family complained to the newspaper that they had not been able to see the body of Xiao until four days after his death.

"The body was tagged John Doe in the hospital, yet Xiao's ID card was in his pocket," said the mother.

The family has to stay in Shanghai in the short term for more talks with the Shanghai Meilong Aluminum Alloy Decoration Co, Xiao's employer, over compensation.


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