Students protesting suspicious death of young girl detained in Istanbul

Turkish police on Sunday detained three students protesting the suspicious death of an 11-year-old girl last year, in a case involving allegations of a cover-up by the officials from Turkey’s ruling party.

Police detained three members of the left-wing Revolutionary High Schoolers (Dev-Lis) who held a banner in Istanbul’s Taksim Square reading “Justice for Rabia Naz,” news site Diken reported.

Rabia Naz Vatan was found dead outside her family home in Eynesil, a town in the northern Turkish province of Giresun, last year. Police were quick to rule the death a suicide, however her father, Şaban Vatan,  maintains crucial evidence has been overlooked in his daughter’s death. Vatan believes his daughter was killed in a hit and run by relatives of the Eynesil mayor from Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the incident was covered up by local police. 

Vatan and two journalists following the case were detained by police last month.

The incident is believed to have played a role in the loss of the ruling AKP in its former stronghold district in the March 31 local election to the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP).