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Truck driver's 'mysterious' death in China's Luzhou city sparks violent protests.

London, Oct. 19 ( ANI ): The death of a Chinese truck driver has sparked violent protests overnight in the Luzhou city of Sichuan province.

Local officials said that after a truck driver fell ill and died after scuffling with police, protests broke out amid claims the driver was beaten to death.

Photos circulating online showed large crowds of people, as well as cars being overturned and set on fire, but Chinese state media reported that calm had been restored in the city, the BBC reports.

According to the report, the local government said in a statement that Gan Junyuan, the driver, was told to move his truck by auxiliary traffic police officers in Longmatan district, after he engaged in "arguing and scuffling" with the police.

He then "suddenly felt uncomfortable" during the scuffle and took some medicine but his condition had deteriorated. Paramedics were unable to resucitate him at the scene and he died, the statement added.

Netizens posted pictures on the Twitter-like weibo platforms, which they said showed scenes of clashes, the report said.

The Chinese Government has promised an investigation into the incident. ( ANI )

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