Religious Minority Prisoners were Attacked by Raja’i Shahr Prison Guards

Religious Minority Prisoners were Attacked by Raja’i Shahr Prison Guards

Published by on February 11, 2019

Prison guards along with a number of Intelligence agents and prison warden attacked religious minority prisoners in Raja’i Shahr prison, in Karaj.

It has been reported that, the anti-riot units used tear gas and attacked the prisoners, using batons. The legs of a number of them were broken in this attack.

This raid, took place on the order of the warder, Ziaei, involved units equipped with anti-riot gear and tear gas attacking Hall 21 of Ward 7 in this prison, on Wednesday morning, 6 February.

Further reports on the attack against Sunni prisoners indicate hundreds of such anti-riot unit members took part in this vicious raid.

In the first wave, a large number of anti-riot unit members equipped with complete gear entered the hall and began attacking the inmates. A second wave of these security forces was seen using special rifles to fire tear gas among the prisoners.

Prison authorities left the prisoners to suffer and denied any medical care to the prisoners. Some of the injured inmates, suffering from broken arms and/or legs, were even transferred to solitary confinement and are in critical conditions.


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