“19-year-old Iranian Baloch student found dead after arrest by IRGC: Reports”

Iranian Baloch Student Found Dead After Arrest by Revolutionary Guard Corps

An Iranian Baloch student, 19-year-old Sepehr Shirani, was found dead after being arrested by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in the Sistan-Baluchistan Province in southeastern Iran. Local news sites and human rights groups reported the incident on Thursday.

Shirani was arrested on Tuesday for posting content on social media in support of anti-government protests, according to Haalvsh, a human rights monitor in the Sistan-Baluchistan Province. BBC Persian also confirmed that Shirani had been arrested by the IRGC.

According to Haalvsh, Shirani’s family stated that they were told he would be questioned and released. However, on Thursday morning, his body was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head on the roof of his home. The family was unaware of when and how he was released by the IRGC and how he ended up on the roof. Regime authorities currently hold his body, and the family is working towards its release.

A “well-informed source” mentioned in the report stated that Shirani had been warned by Iranian authorities about his support for protests that have frequently taken place after Friday prayers in Zahedan since 2022.

Zahedan, the location of the incident, was the site of intense demonstrations against the Iranian regime following the beating and killing of Kurdish-Iranian woman Mahsa Amini by “morality police” in Tehran in 2022.

Protests have continued in Zahedan, with Iranian security forces maintaining a heavy presence in the areas surrounding central mosques in the city. In September 2022, approximately 100 men, women, and children were killed by Iranian forces during protests in Zahedan, known as “Bloody Friday.”

Mehdi Shamsabadi, the prosecutor in Zahedan, denied the reports on Thursday, claiming that Shirani was never arrested and that preliminary information suggests he committed suicide.

Shirani’s death follows a series of executions carried out by the Iranian regime against Kurdish Iranians in recent weeks. Reports also indicate a crackdown on activists and students across Iran.

The incident highlights the intensifying crackdown on dissidents and activists by the Iranian regime. Earlier this week, four Kurds accused of planning an attack with the Israeli Mossad were executed, with human rights groups stating that their trial did not meet the minimum requirements for fairness.

Less than a week before these executions, Mohammad Qobadlou, who participated in the Woman, Life, Freedom protests following Mahsa Amini’s killing, was also executed by the regime.

The Iranian regime’s actions have drawn international condemnation, with human rights organizations calling for an end to the crackdown and justice for the victims. The situation in Iran continues to be closely monitored by the international community..

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