Chen Fuzhao, a 29-year-old "Falun Gong"
practitioner, was detained for allegedly killing 16 beggars
and vagrants and injuring one more by supplying them with
poisoned food and water in Cangnan County of East China's
Zhejiang Province, provincial police said on July 2.
Chen was taken into custody and further
investigations are going on.
Chen was believed
to have put a kind of rat poison, named
"Dushuqiang" in Chinese, into food and drinks and
then offered them to beggars and junk men on 17 occasions
between May 25 and June 26 in Cangnan County's Longgang
Chen told the police that it is
beneficial to his "Falun Gong" beliefs to kill
beggars or vagrants, whom are regarded by him as the
highest-level people among all kinds of human beings.
Medical experts said that
"Dushuqiang" has been found in the stomachs of
Among the 17 victims, only one
is still alive and is receiving emergency hospital care.