Group drinks pesticide on board Beijing train in alleged mass suicide attempt

Group drinks pesticide on board Beijing train in alleged mass suicide attempt
PHOTO: YouTube screengrabs

People collapsing suddenly, a noxious odour and a white substance spilled all over the floor - that was the horrifying scene commuters on board a Beijing subway train faced when eight people allegedly attempted to kill themselves on Dec 26.

The group, comprising five women and three men, were seen ingesting a toxic liquid that is believed to be pesticide, Shanghaiist reported.

The Central News Agency reported that the eight passengers are stock traders who had racked up huge amounts of debt after falling victim to financial fraud.

They are believed to have resorted to self-harm after their complaints to authorities had fallen on deaf ears.

Videos of the incident were posted and shared on WeChat, but were reportedly removed the following day. However, some videos remain available on YouTube.

The video shows members of the group drinking the substance from bottles before collapsing to the ground, causing the liquid to spill onto the train floor.

Photo: YouTube screengrab

Commuters who witnessed the incident quickly scuttled away from the horrific scene towards the next cabin.

An eyewitness told the Epoch Times that a pungent smell filled the train cabin when the group began drinking the pesticide.

The eyewitness also said that local police and subway staff boarded the train soon after and dragged the unconscious people out onto a station platform, before rushing them to four nearby hospitals.

Photo: YouTube screengrab

None of the eight people were killed from the incident, although four suffered from serious poisoning, online media reported.

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