外文标题：Former prisoner commits arson to go back to jail in China
BEIJING: A former prison inmate in China intentionally set fire to a bus so that he could return to jail where food and accommodation are provided.
The 60-year-old homeless man was sentenced to four years in prison recently by a local court for setting the bus ablaze.
The man surnamed Wang said he committed the crime as he wanted to return to prison to avail the facilities of food and accommodation, China Daily quoted Beijing Times as reporting.
Wang, who boarded a bus in Beijing's Fengtai district in August, last year, set fire to the driver's seat, causing panic among the passengers.
Wang has been detained seven times for stealing and fighting in public and was once sentenced to 14 years in jail for robbery, the report said.
He reportedly confessed that life out of prison without a fixed residence or relative support made him miss his time in jail.
Has communism failed in China ?
Sambhunath Tiadi (Bhubaneswar(Orissa))
Nice reporting. It is presumed that China is also facing poverty and there are lot of homeless people in China. What should the role of China government in this regard. So the china leaders and politicians should come forward to set right those problems.
Arti S (jaipur)
A former prison inmate in China intentionally set fire to a bus so that he could return to jail where food and accommodation are provided. The 60-year-old homeless man was sentenced to four years in prison recently by a local court for setting the bus ablaze.
Ha Ha nice idea and it probably worked for him.
haha...he wins...all the way
Mahendra Kumar Nayak (Bhubaneswar)
Few more stories of similar nature had come out in the past in China. May such people think it is the easiest way to fill their stomach as one need not bother about food, as it will come automatically. Otherwise one has to work, get paid for it and then bother about getting food. One novel way to get going in life.
badegg (US) replies to Mahendra Kumar Nayak
Then, you expeand one case into Many case. Anythinge extreme can happen in a country of 1.3 billion people. Even 10 of such case, it is still are for such a big country.