Arrests made over threats to officials hinh anh 1Major General Ho Sy Tien, director of the criminal investigation police department (Photo:
Hanoi (VNA) - The Criminal Investigation Police Department has joined forces with police in the northern province of Bac Ninh to detain a group of people for threatening the chairman of the provincial People’s Committee and several other officials, Major General Ho Sy Tien, director of the department, has said.

Last month, deputy chairman of the Bac Ninh People’s Committee, Nguyen Huu Thanh, sent a letter to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Minister of Transport Truong Quang Nghia informing them that he and other officials had been threatened for ending a sand dredging project in the Cau River.

The Prime Minister asked the Ministry of Public Security to investigate and report back to him by the end of last month. The arrests appear to be the result of the investigation.

As reported by, three sand exploitation projects along the waterway were approved in 2014 and executed by the Vietnam Inland Waterways Administration (VIWA).

But Ha Luu Company, the contractor hired by VIWA to carry out one of the three, was found to be taking advantage of the project to illegally exploit sand, causing serious damage to local dams and riverbanks.-VNA