Tehran: Iranian celebrity chef Mehrshad Shahidi, popularly known as Iran’s Jamie Oliver, was allegedly beaten to death by the country’s Revolutionary Guard soldiers the day before his 20th birthday amid ongoing anti-hijab demonstrations in Iran. In Iran, where hundreds of people allegedly flooded the streets on Saturday for Mr. Shahidi’s funeral, his “ruthless” murder sparked an outpouring of sadness.
The 19-year-old was reportedly killed with batons while in the custody of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard in the city of Arak after being taken into custody during a protest. He was killed by blows to the head, but Shahidi’s family informed reporters that they were forced to say that their son had a heart attack.
On the other hand, the Iranian government denied being to blame for the chef’s demise. Abdolmehdi Mousavi, Iran’s Chief Justice, reportedly stated that there were “no signs” of any skull, arm, leg, or brain injuries.
However, a number of individuals on social media accused the Iranian government of causing his death.
In the meantime, hundreds of people are said to have been slain by Iranian security forces during the protests that started after Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman, died while being held by Iran’s morality police after being detained for improperly wearing her hijab. The protest movement, however, has been portrayed by Iranian officials as a plan by its bitter rival, the United States.