Village headman found dead in Turkey’s southeastern province

A village headman was found shot dead next to his car in the southeastern province of Siirt

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Headman of Baggoze village in Siirt, Mustafa Turhan, 42, was found shot dead by a long barrelled weapon early morning on April 29, Turkish media reported.

Suspicion over the incident rose as it happened on the night after the visit of a governor and military officer to the village.

Turhan had welcomed and hosted the visitors, Siirt Governor Mustafa Tutulmaz and Military Officer Captain Senol Yeloglu, which are reported to have drawn the ire of outlawed PKK.

PKK is recognized as a terrorist organization by Turkey as well as NATO and the EU, being active mostly in southeastern provinces of Turkey.

Siirt Governor Mustafa Tutulmaz visited the village a day before the death of Turhan and discussed the problems of the village arising from often power outages, according to the Ihlas news agency.

The uncle of Turhan, Osman Oguz, 83, fell while running to the scene after hearing his nephew was killed.

Seriously wounded Oguz was taken to the hospital, but could not survive despite the medical treatment he had received.

Siirt Governorate expressed his condolences to Turhan’s family and stated “The security forces are investigating terrorism links and judicial details,”said the statement.

Similar incidents began taking place throughout the country, allegedly to influence the polls for the general elections which will take place on June 7.

On April 26, a group of people threw rocks at an election campaign bus of the governing AK Party’s candidate in Siirt.

Police detained one suspect who was linked to the attack.

AK Party local official Fuat Ozgur Calapkulu said that people who requested for the elections to be democratic are now using violence instead of democracy.

“For years, the ones who claim that the elections are launching antidemocratic, now attempt to win the elections with stones and violence,” said Calapkulu.

The last major conflict had happened in Siirt on March 28.

A group of pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) supporters threw stones at security forces during an unpermitted party march.

Seven policemen were wounded, and the HDP officials announced the attackers as “provocateurs”, according to Turkish media.

TRTWorld and agencies