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953 Suspects in Lhasa riots detained

world Updated: Apr 11, 2008 02:30 IST
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Police in Tibet have detained 953 people who were suspected of participating in the March 14 violence in Lhasa, Qiangba Puncog, chairman of the Tibet autonomous regional government said here Wednesday.

Among all the detained, 403 were formally arrested, China's Xinhua news agency quoted Qiangba Puncog as saying at a press briefing of the State Council Information Office.

A total of 362 people delivered themselves to the law enforcement, 328 of whom have been set free due to their minor offenses and willingness to cooperate.

The police listed 93 suspects as the most wanted and have already arrested 13 of them.

After the riots were stopped, local government timely cured more than 380 people injured in the violence and offered compensation to families of 18 innocent civilians who lost their lives, Qiangba Puncog said.

The government quickly restored public facilities such as power supply and telecommunications. Meanwhile, the affected factories and businesses were subsidized by the government to offset their loss during the violence, he said.

People in Lhasa have returned to their normal life, the chairman said.