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Ministry of the Interior

Governorate General of the Tenth Province

Number: 8837/J

Date: 11 Aban 1330 [3 November 1951]

This replaces the copy

 

Commandant of Esfahan Gendarmerie Regiment

Report:

Following Report number 8612/J, dated 2 Aban 1330 [25 October 1951], [we] hereby respectfully convey [that], as the gendarmerie of the City of Babak, under number 6084 of 7 Aban 1330 [30 October 1951] reported on the first [day] of Ashura, Ali Mohayyeji Ardakani arrived in Marvast as a preaching clergyman to propagate the religion of Islam and he has incited the people against the Baha’is. As a result, Hedayatollah Rowhani has submitted a complaint to the gendarmerie station of Marvast, [stating] that during the night, the preacher, accompanied by others, attacked his house by throwing rocks and also insulted him by using foul language.

One individual, by the name of Ahmad, son of Ali, resident of Marvast, has recognized their ringleader. Meanwhile, a woman by the name of Robabeh, daughter of Haji Mohammad Ali, the wife of Abol-Ghasem Falahati, has stated that a number of individuals, led by Ahmad Qassab [the butcher], Hosein Barrehkosh, Mirza Ghassab, Ustad Ali Ghassab and Akbar Ghassab, attacked her house on the evening of 17 Aban 1330 [9 November 1951] and strongly verbally insulted and abused her, and they even broke the entrance door of her house. Also, Habib Rahmani, a resident of Marvast, has presented a complaint that during the evening a number of people attacked his house and burned down his entrance door. Because of fear, he has refrained from leaving the house to identify them.

Colonel Sheybani, the commander of the regiment of the City of Babak, who had gone to Marvast on Shahrivar 1330 [August 1951] for the payment of wages, has observed that the mentioned Sheikh Ali had apparently gone to Marvast to teach the religion of Islam, but inwardly he is after his material gain and has been urging the inhabitants to revolt and rise up against Baha’is. On the pulpit, he has incited the people; as a result, this [situation] has led to burning the Baha’i houses, and in the evenings inciters have attacked them [the Baha’is] by throwing rocks at their homes and causing disturbances and confusion. The mentioned officer summoned the preacher and reminded him of his wrongdoings. He has, seemingly, expressed his regrets; yet later on, he strongly continued with his previous actions.  Inevitably, Officer Hosseini has dispatched the Harat regiment to Marvast to establish order and sent Sheikh Ali Mohayyeji to Yazd.

So far, case number 8826 of 11 Aban 1330 [3 November 1951] has been referred to the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Yazd for legal prosecution and the matter has been reported to the Governorate of Yazd under [case] number 8826 of 11 Aban 1330 [3 November 1951], and it has been requested that the [preachers] be reminded that, considering the present situation of the country, [they should not] overstep the boundary of law and order and [should] refrain from [undertaking propagation] that causes disorder.

 

On behalf of the commander of the Gendarmerie of Yazd

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True copy of the copy

[Stamp: The Governorate Office of Esfahan, the Tenth Province]