Armed Conflict in Sanandaj: 3 Killed and One Arrested

HRANA News Agency – A number of members of a political party were ambushed near the city of Sanandaj by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards of Hamzeh headquarters. During the clashes between them, three members of the political organization died and one person was arrested while he was injured. After the incident, security forces went to the houses of these people and beat a number of other residents and arrested some others.
According to the report of Human Rights Activist News Agency in Iran (HRANA), four members of a political party were ambushed by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards of Hamzeh headquarters, on Friday, June 22, 2017. During the clash, three members of the party were killed and the fourth person, Ramin Hossein Panahi, was arrested while he was injured from the waist and leg.
The Revolutionary Guards issued a statement in this regard, but did not provide any information on their casualties and the identity of the killed ones.
According to Komala Party’s official announcement these individuals had organizational relationship with that party, and the identities of the three dead members of the party are Hamed Seif Panahi, Behzad Noori and Sabah Hossein Panahi.
Also, according to HRANA’s reporters, the fourth person in the group, Ramin Hossein Panahi, who was shot on his waist and leg, has been detained.
The images of news agencies close to the security forces revealed Ramin Hossein Panahi’s face, wounded on a stretcher.
It is said that Mr. Hossein Panahi is at detention of the Revolutionary Guards and has been transferred to an unknown health center.
According to HRANA’s report, the security forces went to the houses of the dead people after the clash and took a number of residents of the houses to an unknown location.
One of the detainees is Afshin Hossein Panahi, Ramin Hossein Panahi’s brother, who had also been detained in the past.
The informed source, regarding the situation of Afshin Hossein Panahi, told HRANA’s reporter: “The Revolutionary Guard forces entered Parvaneh Hossein Panahi’s house, Afshin’s sister, in the village of Qroochay of Dehgolan, and after hurting this lady and treating her and Mr. Hossein Panahi’s elderly father, arrested Afshin and took him to an undisclosed location. This is while Afshin did not play any part in this conflict and did not do any activities after his freedom from the prison.”
This informed source added: “Afshin’s detention has taken place only because he is Ramin’s brother and also because Sabah was his nephew. It has had a history that after a clash, the closest members of the family of the dead or arrested person have been arrested in this area. These arrests are a form of imposing a charge on the individual’s family because of another person’s activity.”
Also, security forces simultaneously went to the house of Hamed Seif Panahi in the city of Naysar in Sanandaj, and after inspecting their home and physical conflict with the residents, took an unknown number of residents to an unknown destination.
Both families have been told that they were not allowed to hold a funeral for the dead. So that, it is more likely that a similar notice has been given to the family of Behzad Noori.
According to HRANA’s research, contrary to allegations of security forces’ media, at least two of these people, Hamed Seif Panahi and Behzad Noori, have been living in their homes until the fighting, and have not entered Iran from outside Iran. The other two had left Iran just a year ago to join the bases of the opposition party.
It is said that the starting point for the conflict was the secret meeting between the four members while they had no plans for armed action, but they were armed.
An informed source, in this regard, told HRANA: “They were armed but, except one of them, they were armed only with pistols, because they were basically the forces that secretly co-operated with the political party and it was not possible and there was no reason to carry a weapon like Kalashnikov and they had never been involved in any military operation before, and did not have basically any experience either. However, it is not clear, why there are many weapons and ammunition on the scene in the published pictures. It’s likely that we face a propaganda scene.”
However, another remarkable thing is that these people were known as political activists in the region, as their records show that they had been repeatedly contributing to various regional public gatherings and programs.

Hamed Seif Panahi visited Mohammad Sadiq Kaboodvand in Tehran

Hamed Seif Panahi is one of the victims of the clash who was arrested in 2008 for participating in a gathering in support of political prisoners in Sanandaj, who had previously been arrested, too and was arrested again in February 2009 by security forces at his home and was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment on charge of cooperating with an opposition party, and was imprisoned for that. His pictures were published while participating in a gathering several years ago, in support of Nasrin Sotoudeh. Also, in recent weeks a number of these people, including Hamed Seif Panahi, as civil activists had gone to welcome Mohammad Sadiq Kaboodvand, a prominent human rights activist who was recently released from prison after a decade of imprisonment, at his home in Tehran.”
Sabah Hossein Panahi who was also killed in the conflict, had been arrested at his home in Dehgolan in 2012, and in August of the same year, he was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment by the Revolutionary Court on charge of cooperating with an opposition party. Only a few months after the end of the imprisonment, a similar case was opened up with similar charges for him. The latest activity from this Kurdish citizen is participating in signing a letter addressed to the Secretary-General of the United Nations to chase the fate of Saeed Zeinali (missing from the incident at the university dormitory in 1999), in February 2015.
Behzad Noori and Hamed Seif Panahi

Afshin Hossein Panahi, the other detainee in the conflict in Sanandaj, has a history of working with local environmental institutions. In 2011, he spent one year in Qorveh prison on charge of propaganda against the regime. Mr. Hossein Panahi was again sentenced to one year imprisonment by Branch one of Sanandaj Revolutionary Court, presided by Judge Babaei, on charge of “propaganda against the regime on the sidelines of the New Year’s Eve”, and a short time after his release, he was arrested again at his home in Qarochai village for unknown reasons, in July 2016, and then released on the bail.
Ramin Hossein Panahi, who has been arrested, had previously been summoned and arrested, too. He was summoned and interrogated in July 2012, and was summoned again in the same month and detained for a short period of time.
Ramin Hossein Panahi & Sabah Hossein Panahi

An informed source, regarding the situation of Ramin Hossein Panahi, told HRANA’s reporter: “Although Ramin was arrested wounded, but his life is not at risk due to the location of the bullets, but there is the risk of being tortured, or even losing his life under the torture.”
Ramin Hossein Panahi after being arrested

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