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Third top cop accused of corruption in Chongqing

ANOTHER senior police officer in southwest China's Chongqing City has been seized in the latest crackdown on gangs and corruption.

Chen Honggang, traffic chief of Chongqing's Public Security Bureau, was placed under "double designation" status by the principal disciplinary authority on Tuesday for allegedly providing protection to gangs, today's Chengdu Business Daily reported.

"Double designation" status is when Party members are being investigated for violating Party discipline, usually on corruption allegations.

A source quoted by the paper said Chen had attempted to commit suicide after being held, but the attempt had failed.

Last Friday, the vice director of the city's PSB, Peng Changjian, was taken from a meeting and placed under immediate investigation. Wen Qiang, the bureau's former vice director, is also facing allegations of protecting gangs.

Chongqing government has launched 200 teams involving 7,000 police officers in the crackdown, accounting for nearly a quarter of the city's total police force, the newspaper said.


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