[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM Persian]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Newspaper:] Ettelaat

[Date:] 20 Esfand 1357 [11 March 1979]

[Issue No.:] 15805

 

Mehdishahr (Sangsar)

The centre of Baha’is in Mehdishahr (previously Sangsar) was captured by the armed groups of the Islamic Revolutionary Committee of this city, and a large number of documents, publications and books connected to this sect were seized.

Hujjatul-Islam Seyyed Hamid Rowhani, during an extended speech, explained the aim of the siege of the assembly [centre] of the Baha’is and, according to the demand of local residents, the name of Sangsar was changed to Mehdishahr.

The armed group of the Islamic Revolutionary Committee of Shahmirzad, also in cooperation with the action group of Mehdishahr, seized the assembly [centre] of the Baha’is of Shahmirzad.

Also, in a house belonging to a Baha’i named Sanaei, a believer of the unofficial sect, five army grenades were discovered.