Southeastern Iran calm after fuel smuggle disturbance
Tehran, Iran, May 11
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
Nabibakhsh Davodi, governor of the city of Iranshahr in the Iranian Sistan-Baluchestan Province, said that local trustees have helped settle disturbances which followed the death of passengers on a vehicle carrying smuggled fuel.
He stated that normal traffic has returned to the area and there is no special problem, Mehr news agency reported May 11.
According to local sources, a vehicle suspected to carry smuggled fuel was followed by security forces and shot at, when it capsized and two passengers on it were burnt after the gas oil caught fire.
The source reported that after the incident local atmosphere grew tense and people from two nearby villages stormed to the local police station carrying sticks and throwing stones at the police department building.
However, the governor did not mention any shooting and sufficed to saying that the vehicle was capsized when chased by police.
Meanwhile, Sistan-Baluchestan Deputy Governor General in Security Affairs Aliasqar Mirshekari said that following the incident, a number of people from the nearby town of Mohammadan blocked the road in protest.
These people who were less than 500 in number agitated scoundrels to set on fire two vehicles belonging to the municipality and a police car, he further said.
Davodi said that the case is under further investigation and more reports will be released.