Ex-police chief detained over woman's murder in China
THE former police chief of the northern Chinese region of Inner Mongolia has been detained on suspicion of murder, state news agency Xinhua said yesterday, citing the public security authorities.
Zhao Liping was in charge of the police in Inner Mongolia from 2005 until 2010 and had worked for almost three decades as a police officer, Xinhua said in a brief report.
He is suspected of being involved in a murder that happened in Inner Mongolia's Chifeng city on Friday, added the news agency.
The state-run Legal Evening News said the murder victim was "a woman with whom he had quite a close relationship".
Neither report elaborated and Zhao could not be reached for comment.
Inner Mongolia, which covers more than 10 per cent of China's land mass and has the country's largest coal reserves, is a strategically located part of the country on the borders of Russia and Mongolia.
It was rocked by protests in 2011 after an ethnic Mongol herder was killed by a truck. The herder had taken part in protests against pollution caused by a coal mine. There has been periodic unrest there ever since.