[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

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Ministry of the Interior

National Police Force Headquarters

Criminal Investigation Department

 

Date: 26 Mehr 1325 [18 October 1946]

Number 6722/10515/1

 

Honourable Ashraf[1], Prime Minister and the Minister of the Interior,

 

I respectfully advise that the police force in Kashan has reported that at 14:30 [hours] on 22/7/1325 [14 October 1946], the police officer at the textile factory overheard a few factory workers having a discussion and saying that a Baha’i quilt-maker by the name of Ali-Akbar Bashari had died on 21/7/1325 [13 October 1946], [and his remains] had been buried in a Muslim cemetery, and that his body must be exhumed.  The police officers were immediately sent to the cemetery.  However on arrival, they noticed that the body had already been exhumed.  Because a huge crowd of nearly two thousand men and women were gathered in the area, the offenders were not identified.  The incident was reported to the Public Prosecutor’s Office and orders were issued for reburial of the body; but as Baha’is had now been informed of the matter, and it was speculated that there might be an incident, the crowd was dispersed by the police. By request of the relatives of the deceased, who are Baha’i, the body was transferred and buried in their special cemetery in Bagh-e Gabrha.  An order has been issued to the aforementioned police station to pursue the offenders and preserve order.

 

On behalf of the head of the National Police Force,

Colonel Hesam Vaziri

[Signature]

 

[Handwritten note1:] follow and report the results – 28 Mehr 1325 [20 October 1946]

[Handwritten note 2:] number 2607 – 28 Mehr – [1325] [20 October 1946]

 

[1] [Ashraf means “The Most Noble”, it is the title of Prime Minister Ahmad Ghavam; it was given to him by Iranian shah, Mohammad-Reza Pahlavi].