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Police cleared of links with hotel

INVESTIGATORS have confirmed police have no links with a hotel where a chef's suicide drew thousands of protesters in Shishou City in Hubei Province's Jingzhou City.

The hotel's owners and operators have no immediate family members who are police, nor do any police officers have a stake in or a joint operation with the hotel, the Shishou government said today on its Website.

The 24-year-old chef, Tu Yuangao, had attempted suicide in August 2006 when working as chef at a hotel in the city's Nankou Town, the investigators discovered.

Tu was found dead outside the Yonglong Hotel on June 17.

The investigation was carried out by the Hubei provincial government and the Jingzhou municipal government.

The Yonglong Hotel in Shishou, covers 11,93 square meters, and is owned by a Shishou native surnamed Zhang, who is the legal representative of Sihshou Yonglong Group Co Ltd.

It has been rented on a three-year term to four women since April 2008.

Of the four, a woman surnamed Xie signed the rental agreement with the Yonglong group. The other three partners were a woman surnamed Li and two sisters surnamed Zhang.

None of the four partners have close family members who are linked to police, the investigation confirmed.

Xie is a laid-off worker with Shishou No. 1 Construction Co Ltd and Li a worker with the Shishou Environmental Sanitation Bureau. Elder sister Zhang is an employee with the measurement testing unit of the Shishou Power Company and the younger sister Zhang is a worker with the examination unit of the power company.

Tu's death caused public uproar after his family refused to let his body be taken from the hotel by police for days, claiming the authorities were trying to cover up a murder.

Thousands of protesters gathered at the hotel last Friday. Some torched the hotel and overturned police cars to stop authorities from taking the body. Roads were blocked, windows broken and police could not get through to remove the body. A fire engine was also damaged.


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