|A sand dredging boat on the Cầu River. - VNA/VNS Photo Thái Hùng|
BẮC NINH — Police in the northern province of Bắc Ninh have commenced criminal proceedings against two men – one for a crime related to terrorism and the other for not reporting the incident.
They were both allegedly involved in sending threatening messages to Nguyễn Tử Quỳnh, chairman of the provincial People’s Committee.
Colonel Nguyễn Công Nghiệp, deputy director of Bắc Ninh Police, said on Tuesday that the two suspects – Nguyễn Trọng Phương, 37, of Hà Nội, and Trần Anh Thuận, 36, of Bắc Ninh – were taken into custody on April 4 for sending messages to provincial leaders after the province proposed that the ministries of transport, environment and agriculture halt a dredging project on the Cầu River because it was overexploiting sand and causing landslides in Quế Võ District.
The two suspects admitted to police they did not work for the company undertaking the dredging project. Instead, they were employees of an enterprise that illegally dredged sand from the river.
Their actions were aimed at tarnishing the reputation of the rival company and pushing police to investigate the company’s activities.
The province’s leaders reported the case to the Prime Minister last month, calling for a police investigation. — VNS