Police promise autopsy on Sichuan student following protests

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/4/5 21:40:28

Police vowed on Wednesday they will carry out autopsy on a middle school student whose death last week has sparked widespread rumors and protests in Luzhou, Southwest China's Sichuan Province.

Hundred of residents in Luxian county, administered by Luzhou, have taken to the streets to protest the way the school and authorities handle the student's death. They believe it was campus violence that had caused the death of the 14-year-old student surnamed Zhao, whom authorities claimed was not murdered.

Luzhou police said Wednesday on its Sina Weibo account that they are still gathering information and evidence related to Zhao's death, and that an autopsy will be conducted as soon as possible.

The police said they will clamp down on rumors and other activities that disrupt social order. 

Four netizens were arrested for allegedly spreading "fake information" about the death, the local government announced Monday, amid rampant speculation surrounding the tragedy.

Chinese social media erupted after a video went viral showing the dead body of Zhao lying on the ground.

Online posts claimed Zhao, a Taifu Middle School student, had been killed by five classmates, and that his body was severely bruised. Police said reports that Zhao's hands and feet were "broken" were mere rumors, according to a statement issued by the Luxian government on its WeChat account on Monday.  

The allegations were traced to four Net users who "incited the public and severely disturbed public order," police said, adding that the accused would be punished by public security officials in accordance with the law.

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