Two suspects in a rival’s sabotage in which a vendor in the northern city of Hai Phong had her pork doused in dirty liquid earlier this week have been arrested on charges of “destroying assets,” police said on Saturday.
Police in Ngo Quyen District have launched a criminal investigation and captured Le Thi Hoa, 31, and Hoang Thi Thanh Dung, 47, for splashing a mix of sewage water and engine lubricant on the meat of a pork vendor in Luong Van Can Market.
The women approached the pork stall of Pham Thi Hoa on Thursday and doused the dirty liquid mixture on both the vendor and her meat, apparently because she offered lower prices than them.
A viral video posted on Facebook on Thursday shows the victim, appearing too hurt to cry, sitting next to a pile of pork covered in black liquid.
Police have immediately summoned Dung and Hoa to work but neither of them showed up and eventually fled their residence.
Officers had to hunt for the suspects and managed to capture Dung at 0:30 am on Saturday, whereas Le Thi Hoa turned herself in later in the morning.
Following the arrest, the women have confessed their guilt under interrogation, Ngo Quyen police chief Dang Chinh Thuong confirmed on Saturday morning.
The attackers now face criminal charges of destroying others’ assets, according to officers.
Residents help victim vendor
On Friday, Hoa, referred to as X. in previous reports, still continued selling pork at to Luong Van Can Market following the incident and was warmly welcomed by market-goers, many of whom stopped by to buy her meat to share her misfortune.
But bringing justice to the victim is one thing; enforcing food safety and hygiene standards is another.
On Friday, a joint team from Ngo Quyen District launched a food safety and hygiene inspection at the market, with Hoa eventually reprimanded and requested to keep her stall cleaner.
Many vendors and market-goers expressed angry that authorities had ignored Hoa’s mishap to launch the check-up at the very time.
“The inspection had been well scheduled before and it was a mere coincidence that we admonished Hoa at such a ‘sensitive’ timing,” Pham Van Thao, chairman of May To Ward, explained to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper later the same day.
Hoa used to sell seafood at Luong Van Can, but has temporarily switched to sell pork, slaughtered from her family’s pig farm.
“Of the 15 pork stalls at Luong Van Can, only Hoa lacks the meat origin certificate,” Thao said.
“We also asked her to put the meat on sale at a higher place rather than too close to the ground.”
Thao underlined that the inspectors only asked Hoa to follow the rules, rejected rumors that they had confiscated her meat or banned her from continuing selling at the market.