Authorities in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau on Wednesday suspended seven officials of a drug rehab center after a large group of 447 people with addiction staged a chaotic scene and escaped last week.
Director Tran Thien Chi, his deputy Nguyen Van Chau and five others were temporarily removed from their posts at the center in Tan Thanh District for 15 days. Authorities will review their violations and announce strict punitive measures.
Police have managed to bring back 250 runaways after the mass breakout at around 8:30 p.m. on April 13.
The group of 447, who entered the center in compulsory programs, reportedly assaulted several officers of the center, knocked down walls and gates and fled.
A wall at the rehab center is fixed after the mass breakout last Wednesday. Photo credit: VnExpress.
Earlier they staged a fight. When a group of officers reached the scene to end the violence, they were assaulted by dozens of inmates.
After getting out of the center, several reportedly threw stones into the center, robbed some motorbikes and broke into a local company.
Authorities said they are calling upon families of the other drug users to help bring them back to the center.