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Mehregan Zahmatkesh

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Name: Mehregan Zahmatkesh
Father's Name: Hossein Zahmatkesh
Mother's Name: Unknown
City of Birth: Unknown
State of Birth: Unknown
Date of Birth: 1992-10-20
City of Death: Lakan
State of Death: Gilan
Date of Death: 2022-10-09

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Mehrgan Zehmatkesh, a 30-year-old man, was tragically killed on October 8, 2022, in Lakan Prison, Rasht, amidst the nationwide uprising in Iran. He was shot with “three war bullets” by prison guards, extinguishing the life of a young man who yearned for freedom and change. Reports of a disturbance and fire at Lakan Prison surfaced, prompting families worried about their loved ones’ safety to gather outside the prison, only to be met with road closures by security forces attempting to prevent further assemblies.

A close source to Mehrgan’s family shared with Deutsche Welle Persian details of his final hours and the events leading to his untimely death. Mehrgan, who was about to celebrate his 30th birthday, expressed his desire to be part of the revolution unfolding outside the prison walls. According to the source, Mehrgan informed his family that two prison wards were emptied to house arrested protesters, many of whom were young and being mistreated by the prison officials.

Mehrgan’s death occurred amidst chaos in the prison, where security forces responded to the inmates’ solidarity with the protesters by launching tear gas, leading to a fatal situation that forced prisoners to set their blankets on fire in protest. Special forces allegedly stormed the prison, and during the ensuing chaos, Mehrgan and others sought escape but were met with gunfire from the prison guards stationed above the walls.

The official cause of death, as stated in the burial permit, was “hit by a high-speed metal projectile,” a sterile description that fails to capture the brutality of the situation. Despite being detained on a short-term sentence and expected to be released soon, Mehrgan’s life was cut short in a violent crackdown that highlights the regime’s ruthless response to dissent.

The aftermath of Mehrgan’s death saw his family being informed of his passing in the middle of the night, long after the tragedy occurred, underlining the authorities’ attempt to manage the narrative surrounding the deaths in custody. The incident at Lakan Prison, where Mehrgan was one among possibly a dozen killed, marks a grim chapter in Iran’s history of quelling protests with deadly force.

Mehrgan’s aspirations for a better Iran were silenced, but his story and those of others who perished in similar circumstances continue to fuel the call for justice and accountability within the country and among the international community. The persistent denial by Iranian officials of the circumstances leading to the deaths of protesters, coupled with threats against families seeking truth, underscores the ongoing struggle against oppression and the dire need for systemic change in Iran.

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