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30 held over deadly brawl over land

POLICE have seized 30 people including a village Party boss for their part in a massive armed fight over land requisition that killed one villager and injured another.

The brawl took place between more than 200 armed men and about 100 villagers in Pizhou City in Jiangsu Province on January 7. The armed men were hired by a local oil company to measure land belonging to villagers, a Pizhou government spokesperson told Beijing News today.

Villagers said the company took more than 167 hectares of a total 200 hectares of farmland in Hewan village, paying monthly compensation of 1,000 yuan for each family.

But a brawl erupted when 200 armed men moved in with bulldozers to start construction, the report said. One villager was stabbed multiple times and died later in hospital.


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