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Police investigate the death of man left in middle of street

POLICE in Chongqing Municipality are investigating the death of an elderly man with a history of mental illness after he was left in the middle of a street while being escorted to hospital.

Police tied up Cao Keyi, 65, with rope on Monday and were escorting him to a mental hospital after he allegedly lost control and hit a man on the head at a fruit farm in Yunji Town of Chongqing's Changshou District.

Cao, a resident of Qingfeng Village in Yunji, suffered intermittently from mental disorders, Chongqing Evening News reported yesterday.

Cao's wife Liu Shurong told the newspaper that her husband had a clear mind when officers and the village's Party chief, surnamed Wen, took Cao to a hospital.

Liu last saw her husband at 5:30pm on Monday. He had already been tied at the wrists, which were bleeding due to the tightness of the rope, the report said.

An officer, a police assistant, two village cadres and family members of the person allegedly assaulted by Cao were also there, according to Liu.

They told her that Cao hit the victim, surnamed Tang, on the head with a pole.

Liu was advised to have her husband sent for treatment and that compensation talks could take place later.

Liu allowed her husband to be taken by the officers and village cadres, but stayed home to take care of their grandson. The officers took Tang, his family members and Cao in the same van.

Two hours later, police called Liu and said Cao had died on Yunji Street, about 3 kilometers from their home, the report said.

Cao's family said the body had bruises on the waist and a cut on the forehead that were not there before he was taken.

The family demanded an explanation for the new wounds and the truth about Cao's death.

According to witnesses, Cao was taken out of the van and laid down on Yunji Street while still tied up.

Two officers drove away after being called to respond to an emergency, leaving Cao with the village cadres, Tang and his family members, the report said.

Wen, the village Party chief, called the officers back when he found Cao's breathing had weakened. Upon arrival, they took Cao to the health center for first aid. The center said Cao had died before he arrived, the newspaper reported.


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