Shooting Of Iranian Student Sparks Controversy

Source: Iran International

Photo of Anahita Amiripour, published by Hengaw Human Rights Organization

In a disturbing incident, Anahita Amiripour, a 20-year-old student, was shot dead by plainclothes intelligence ministry agents in the city of Borujerd, Lorestan province.

The incident unfolded when the intelligence forces intercepted the occupants of a personal car on Friday night.

Amiripour, a first-semester physical education student at Azad University in Borujerd, lost her life, while the car’s driver, M. Jalayi-far, also a student and Borujerd resident, sustained severe injuries and is currently hospitalized.

Hengaw Human Rights Organization, a Kurdish rights group, has reported that the intelligence officials, attempting to link the incident to recent explosions in Kerman, are applying pressure on the victim’s family and friends. The strategy aims to reframe the intentional killing as part of a scripted security case.

It is not clear why the agents tried to stop the car, although some speculate that it could be hijab enforcement related.

Sources indicate that, as the plainclothes agents approached the students’ car, instructing them to stop and exit the vehicle, the driver not knowing who the men were, panicked and attempted to flee. Subsequently, the agents opened fire.

Over the past two days, security agents have reportedly pressured the families and friends of the victims not to disclose information about the incident. Two personnel from Chamran Hospital were also summoned and threatened by intelligence authorities.

While security and law enforcement authorities in Borujerd have not issued public statements, Governor Moslem Moradi vaguely referenced the incident, attributing it to recent terrorist attacks and confrontations with criminal elements. Hengaw sources reject Moradi’s claims, emphasizing that intelligence forces deliberately targeted the students, leading to Anahita Amiripour’s death.

Two explosions during the fourth memorial of former IRGC commander Qasem Soleimani on January 3, killed around 90 people.