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 yesterday.
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 Town.
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 Chen's victims.
(China Daily, July 3, 2003)