When you think of monks, you imagine peaceful types, lost in a spirit of contemplation. So police were shocked to hear of a group in Baotou that had beaten up a series of victims at a toll booth. The offenders later stole a bus and made their escape.
Police investigations then discovered that the wanted men were not from a monastic order at all, but part of a gang from Henan that dresses like monks and roams Inner Mongolia selling counterfeit drugs. A force of 500 officers was mobilised to round up the impostors. After the August 6 toll booth attack, police captured 178 fake monks, and seized large quantities of knives, dud medicines and counterfeit jewellery.
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