China rubbishes reports that it has asked minorities to hand over holy book

China has outrightly rejected as baselessm,

China has outrightly rejected as baselessm, media reports that its authorities were seizing copies of the Quran and prayer rugs in Xinjiang as part of a crackdown against extremists in the restive province.

When asked about media reports circulating in the province, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters that the situation in Xinjiang was “sound” and local people there are working and living in peace. “We hope relevant parties refrain from making groundless allegations and rumours,” he said.

Reports in the official media here yesterday said that the Chinese officials had tightened security measures in Xinjiang, apprehending militants of the separatist East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) ahead of the ruling Communist Party of China’s meeting starting on October 18 in which Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to get a second term.

Officials have installed new high-tech body security scanner for road security checks to enhance security ahead of the Congress.

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