[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:] Ashofteh

[Date:] 25 Bahman 1334 [15 February 1956]

[Issue No.:] 6

 

Some News from Sahar Newspaper

According to a report, a new incident took place recently in the District of Hesar, which is located within eight farsangs’ [approximately eight leagues] distance from the City of Torbat-e Heydariyeh, and has a population of 5,000 people.

A person called Haji Khan Shojaei, who is a wealthy and influential inhabitant of the mentioned district, incited a couple of people against the Baha’is of that district. A group of thugs, whom he brought from Torbat to the Hesar District, ransacked [the Baha’is’] houses, caught some of their wives, hung bells on their necks and molested them; as a result, some were injured.

The law enforcement officers took action for the prosecution and Colonel Owhadi and Major Mottaghi, the gendarmerie officers from Torbat-e Heydariyeh, went to the said district and took action to restore order.

However, the weakness of the judicial authorities in investigating the matter has resulted in dissatisfaction and concerns amongst the people.