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Probe into cemetery housing report

A COUNTY government has been accused of building a housing project on the site of a martyrs' cemetery.

The Chinese People's Congress' Miyang County Committee and the principle supervising authority of the county are building a housing project for their workers in the cemetery, Henan's provincial government Website reported.

Some of the graves have reportedly been moved to make space for the houses.

The provincial principle supervisor of Hunan has launched an investigation.

But the cemetery's director Ma Shiting has denied the accusation, saying no graves in the cemetery have been damaged or moved for housing projects.

The cemetery, built in 1995, is home to the graves of more than 100 martyrs, according to Ma.

Ma admitted that part of the wall around the cemetery had been torn down but he said that was for road construction not housing.

The Party Committee of the Miyang County said the road construction project had been approved by superior governments.

More than half of the homes in the housing project have been sold, mostly to government employees, according to the developer. But it has not been revealed whether nine villas in the project have been sold.

The 300-square-meter villas sell for up to 800,000 yuan (US$117,096.38).


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