A Turkish human rights organization has questioned last week’s mine attack in the southeastern district of Kulp where seven forestry workers were killed and 10 more were injured.
The Diyarbakir branch of the Turkish Human Rights Association (IHD) also said in a statement released on Thursday that two co-mayors from the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), who were taken into custody as part of an investigation into the explosion, have not been directly accused of anything regarding the incident.
The IHD claimed that many questions related to the blast remained unanswered.
“The district [Kulp] residents are wondering how the explosion occurred even though mine detections have been carried out by soldiers every day, including on the day of the event,” the NGO asked in the statement.
The association quoted the detained HDP mayoral officials – Co-Mayor Fatma Ay, Co-Mayor Mehmet Fatih Tas, Technical Works Director Sener Aktas, District Co-Chair Abidin Karaman and District Co-Chair Mehmet Metin As – as saying there were no accusations directed to themselves during the investigation.
The IHD demanded that the authorities provide an explanation regarding that situation.
Following the incident and the detentions the party condemned the attack in the strongest possible terms and denounced the detention of its members.
It described the arrests as “a perception [management] operation rather than a serious investigation.”
The IHD’s also condemned the pro-government media which blamed the blast on its followers, asking whether the judicial authorities initiated any legal action against those outlets.
On September 17, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government appointed a state trustee as the district mayor.