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April, 7, 1971 A.D.:
General Farsio Assassinated

By: Mir M.Hosseini


Following the Siahkal incident 13 members of the Organization of Iranian People's Fedai Guerrillas were executed by firing squad. The Siahkal Uprising had caught the Pahlavi Regime by surprise and posters were distributed with a bounty of 100,000 Tomans (~15,000$) for each of 9 OIPFG members, this indeed made the group famous around Iran where the public usually feared uttering any word of discontent because of a suffocating fear which was spread by Shah's notorious SAVAK.
Five group members of OIPFG whose identities had not yet been revealed assassinated General Zia Farsio on April, 7, 1971 in his Gholhak Police Headquarters. Farsio was the Attorney General of the Iranian military in Tehran. By this assassination the group took its revenge and gave the signal that it was still active. This gave the regime another shock so that media outlets did not report the incident until the following day.
On May, 15, 1971 OIPFG staged a rubbery on a bank on the Eisenhower Street in Tehran. A couple of days later, Ashraf Dehghani and Behrouz Dehghani were arrested. Many more prominent members of the group were either arrested or killed in the same year. However, the group had become more prestigious and new recruits became active in underground cells in Tehran, Tabriz, Gorgan, Rasht and Anzali.
OIPFG continued its armed struggle and robbed 5 banks, killed 2 Savak officers, plotted bombs in embassies of US, UK, and Oman, alongside bombings in main offices of Post & Telegraph and Iran Air. Terror plots against police headquarters in Tehran, Mashhad, Tabriz, Gorgan, and Abadan were among their major list of achievements during a couple of years that followed.
On April, 18, 1975 newspapers reported that nine of OIPFG members were killed while attempting to escape from the prison. Years later, after the Iranian Revolution of 1979, a professional Savak torturer named Bahman Naderipour in his confessions gave accounts of the mass murder which took place on the heights near the Evin Prison.



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