Farmer spends 16 years studying law by himself to sue a chemical firm

Farmer spends 16 years studying law by himself to sue a chemical firm

Wang Enlin, who had just three years of education, has won the first instance in a high-profile case against state-owned Qihua Group

A Chinese farmer has spent 16 years studying law by himself so he could sue a chemical company for allegedly polluting his land.

Wang Enlin, who had just three years of education, has won the first instance in a high-profile case against state-owned Qihua Group, reported the People's Daily Online.

Although Qihua Group, whose assets exceed two billion yuan (£233 million), has appealed against the decision, the elderly man said he is determined to seek justice for himself and his neighbours who could no longer grow healthy crops on their contaminated land.

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Mr Wang, who is in his 60s, lives in the Yushutun village on the outskirts of Qiqihar in the Heilongjiang Province, according to People's Daily Online, which cited China Youth Daily.

The man said he would forever remember the year of 2001 when his land was flooded by the toxic waste discharged by Qihua Group.

It was the eve of the Lunar New Year, and Mr Wang was playing cards and making dumplings with his neighbours. All of sudden, they realised that the house they were in was flooded by the wastewater from the nearby Qihua factory.

The wastewater also flooded part of the farmland in the village.

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