Power Plant Accident: Chinese Officials Detain 9 People Including Hebei Yineng Firm's Boss

By | Nov 28, 2016 09:19 AM EST
Nine People Detained in Power Plant Accident

Chinese police authorities nabbed at least nine people held liable for last week's power plant accident.
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Chinese police have detained nine people in connection with last week's power plant accident in Fengcheng city in Northern China, which took the lives of nearly 74 people.

The nine detainees included the chairman of Hebei Yineng Tower Engineering, whose family name has been quoted as 'Zhang' by Chinese state media Xinhua.       

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The engineering firm, which reportedly was in charge of the power plant project, has so far not issued any statement.

 Xinhua claims that the nine detainees are suspected of "major liability" in the accident and will face criminal charges.

Authorities have not revealed names of most detainees, adding that the investigation is still under process.

The latest arrest follows last week's report by state media claiming that 13 people have been detained in connection with the power plant accident. The report specifically mentioned name of the engineering firm "Hebei Yineng," claiming that the company has history of work place causalities.

These series of arrest come after President Xi Jinping assured to the nation that liable individuals will be brought to the book and necessary precautions would be taken to prevent further accidents in the country.

Thursday's power plant accident in Fengchen has been described by many as one of the worst industrial accidents witnessed in recent times.

The accident was the latest in the spate of big industrial accidents that have occurred across China during the past few years. This included the horrifying chemical blasts in the port city of Tianjin that killed more than 170 people last year.         

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