[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

 

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Ministry of the Interior

General Governorate 3rd [Province],

Date: 4 Esfand 1322 [24 February 1944]

Number: 4088

 

Confidential

 

Ministry of the Interior,

 

As indicated in the report of the Acting Commander of the Tabriz police force, at 5:00 p.m. today, 4 Esfand 1322 [24 February 1944], a number of residents of Azarshahr attacked the houses of some Baha’is, plundered [the dwellings], and set them on fire.  As a result of the intervention of the local police, further incitement has been prevented and some eighteen of the looters and troublemakers were arrested. At the outset, two gendarmes were dispatched by the Gendarmerie to help the local police to eliminate the trouble, yet, there is a possibility of a further attack by the offenders in order to free their collaborators, who are [incarcerated] at the police station.  Because the law enforcement personnel in the locality are limited to only two gendarmes and a few policemen, their number is insufficient to prevent such subversive eventsOrders have been issued as necessary to Area 2 of Gendarmerie of Azerbaijan to immediately dispatch some gendarmes to support the police of Azarshahr. The outcome of this action will be reported in due course.

 

Deputy, General Governorate of the Third Province,

Mobasser Roshani,

[Signed: Mobasser Roshani]

 

[Stamp 1:] Registered in the confidential file of the Ministry of the Interior, number 2521, dated: 14 Esfand 1322 [5 March 1944]

[Stamp 2:]  [Ministry of the Interior, Political Division, number 7980, dated: 14 Khordad]

[Handwritten note:] Political Division