Image of the beating incident on the K256 Shenzhen-Hefei train. From Sohu.com
On the K256 Shenzhen-Hefei train, an off-duty rail worker was beaten to death by three train attendants for trying to mediate an argument involving the attendants and a fellow off-duty rail worker.
The argument began at around 10:45pm on Saturday, and didn’t get out of control until approximately midnight.
The unidentified peacemaker tried to resolve the situation between train attendants (including one wearing a conductor’s uniform) and another passenger during a stop in Ganzhou (赣州), Jiangxi province, when he himself was then attacked by three train attendants.
The peacemaker was stormed and grabbed by the neck by a train concessions vendor from the no.14 car during the quarrel with attendants in the no. 15 car. Ambulances arrived too late to save the unidentified mediator’s life.
China Daily reports that the quarrel began as a result of disagreement over a card that allows train workers the privilege of traveling for free on trains.
Meanwhile, 20 people who witnessed the fight gave their names and signed them with their thumbprints, a sign that they are willing to discuss what occurred during the incident. Several train attendants allegedly involved in the fight are currently under detention.
Video including still images of the incident and passenger interviews after the jump…
Warning: News video contains graphic still images of the incident on K256.
If the reported facts about the argument’s cause are correct, then this wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen people completely losing their composure over the issue of train employee ticket privileges. On August 25th, a man caught without a ticket on the T212 Shenzhen-Shanghai South train argued loudly with train attendants, claiming that he was a railways systems cadre who didn’t need a ticket to ride.
We wonder if privilege was the underlying issue that drove attendants to beat someone claiming to be one of their own to death, or if the stressed-out railway attendants were having the mother of all days. They will have a great deal of explaining to do.
Non-graphic footage of the self-proclaimed railways cadre losing his composure in August below.