While many young people in the northern town of Bandar-Turkeman are in a blackout about their family members who are in prisons, the commander of the law enforcement forces in Golestan province issued orders for the exile of some of the detainees.
According to the Rooz reporter, following the unrest that erupted in this town because of the death of an 18-year old fishermen from the town of Bandar-Turkeman which took place when a coast guard boat deliberately ran into the fishing boat, law enforcement agents in Golestan province and Bandar-Turkeman detained between 350 to 400 residents of the town.
The event took place at night. According to the Rooz reporter, law enforcement agents broke into the houses of residents while they were in their beds and without even giving them the time to change, boarded them on buses waiting for them, and drove them to the detention centers in their pajamas.
In a related incident, when the friends were commemorating the death of Hessamaldin Khadivar, the fisherman who was killed in the coast guard raid, law enforcement agents raided the event and arrested the participants. Even Hessamaldin’s brother was arrested at the event and is now in prison.
An informed source who was closely in touch with the arrests told Rooz, “Anybody who has a Nissan or a motorbike in Bandar-Turkeman was arrested and imprisoned. This was because most of those individuals who attacked the Governor’s building in the town following the death of Hessamaldin had Nissan pickup trucks, Nissan Patrols or motorbikes.
According to another report, law enforcement forces have not responded to the family members of the detainees when asked about their whereabouts. They told a few of them that their detained relatives had been exiled to the south eastern town of Zahedan, near the Pakistani border.
These events have taken place at a time when the state of Turkmenistan to the north of Iran has shut the flow of gas to Iran, the residents of a number of northern towns of Iran, including Bandar Turkeman, remain without gas, bread and electricity, and now they have the grief of imprisoned relatives to top it off. In many of the families in the north, it is the young men who are the bread winners of the family, and so having them in prison adds to their agony. After the arrests, the atmosphere of terror in many of the small towns in northern Iran is such that many family members are afraid to even pursue their cases with government officials and agencies for fear of reprisals. It is because of this fear that law enforcement agents feel comfortable to ignore the requests of the family members enquiring about the whereabouts of their loved-ones.
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