Questions now surround a village chief's death in China as netizens allege that he was held down by five men while a truck drove over his neck.
Qian Yunhui, head of Zhaiqiao Village in Yueqing City, was crushed to death by a construction truck that delivered materials for a nearby industrial zone reclamation project.
Netizens say that this was no mere accident as he had been seeking redress for his village's pilfered land. Chinese website ChinaSmack reported that government officials had misappropriated 146 hectares of land from his village.
Others questioned the manner of his death, claiming that Qian was pressed down to the ground by five people along the public road. Coincidentally, surveillance cameras along the entire stretch of road were dismantled.
When the Yueqing City party office was contacted, a spokesperson said that it was merely an accident and that people with ulterior motives were trying to link it to Qian's petitioning.
Forum comments posted by netizens noted that the accident seemed odd and that the position of the body did not fit the pattern of someone who was hit by a truck.
Others said that this was the fate of public servants who tried to stand up for the common people and that the relevant authorities should investigate thoroughly.