Five-year-old child was killed by anti-narcotic forces in Iran

A five-year-old Baluch boy was killed during a police chase in the southeastern city of Iranshahr on May 10, 2021.

Narcotics forces fatally shot a 5-year-old Baluch boy identified as Meisam Narouie.

A short video of his lifeless body in the arms of his mother, who was crying out “God, my child” in Baluchi was published by Baluch social media channels.

Reports indicate locals gathered outside a nearby security checkpoint following the death of the little child and the atmosphere is very tense in the area.

Another video circulated on social media showed Baluch locals gathering at a checkpoint in Mohammadan, Iranshahr, to protest the killing of the Baluch child. The sounds of gunfire is being heard in the video.

According to Baluch media, tensions are high in the area with angry locals protesting the death of Meisam Narouie. Internet disruptions have also been reported in the area.

Sistan and Baluchestan is one of Iran’s poorest provinces. The predominantly Sunni Muslim locals are also subjected to ethnic and religious discrimination by the Iranian regime in the past four decades.

Baluch people are facing untold social and economic problems because of longstanding deprivation and poverty, which is becoming worse as inequality becomes more pronounced.

There are no jobs in the area and even educated people have to resort to smuggling fuel to make a living.

Dozens of people, including innocent bystanders, are killed every year in “anti-smuggling” operations in Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan Province.

In the past week, anti-narcotic forces have killed or wounded at least six civilians in the area.

About the Author
Mohammad Zolfaghari is a Baha'i News reporter and human rights defender who worked exclusively on Human Rights Violations especially religious minorities in Iran and as a documentary maker with Amnesty International. Lives in Norway.
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