[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

 

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Ministry of the Interior

Office of the Governor General of the Tenth Province

 

Date: 15/8/1329 [6 November 1950]

Number: J/13205

 

Confidential, Eyes only

 

The Honourable Governor General of the Tenth Province, Isfahan

 

In reference to letters number 11511 – 9/8/1329 [31 October 1950] and 497 – 14/8/1329 [5 November 1950], you are respectfully informed:

 

During the [Islamic] mourning days, some insignificant hostile incidents were observed between Muslim and Baha’i people.  Major Mirhadi, commander of Shahrekord Gendarmerie Company, was immediately ordered to go to the location with several gendarmes to prevent the unrest.   Once on location, the above-mentioned officer established peace, and up until three or four days ago, [while] he stayed in Boroujen, the normal order had been resumed. 

 

Recently, after the aforementioned officer had returned to his company, again through the instigation of two or three local individuals who have prior records, some unrest was observed, including the events during the recent two or three nights, when doors of the [Baha’i] Assembly [building] and the houses of two Baha’is were set on fire and the tailor shop of a Baha’i was robbed at night.  On 14/8/1329 [5 November 1950] when the Boroujen commander of the Gendarmerie (Captain Hakami) was investigating the robbery, again a number of individuals, instigated by some others, gathered and, according to the reports we received, the houses of a few Baha’is were burned and plundered.  A few Muslims complained by telegram and [claimed] that Captain Hakami, commander of the Boroujen Gendarmerie, was supporting the Baha’is (subject of the telegram dated 14/8/1329 [5 November 1950] signed by Mr. Mansouri and a few others, and the telegram dated 14/8/1329 [5 November 1950] of Kamal Borjian and Mostafa Borjian, copies of which were submitted to the Office of the Governor General and the Army Legion). The accuracy of these [allegations] is unknown at this stage.  In any case, as soon as the reports of the Boroujen Gendarmerie and complaints of the Baha’is and Muslims were received, the following actions were taken in order to keep the peace and prevent unrest:

 

  1. The matter was reported to the esteemed commander of the Army Legion, who ordered a captain and 25 soldiers to be dispatched to the location through the Army Legion.
  2. One officer, 12 gendarmes, and non-commissioned officers were dispatched to Boroujen through the regiment, and were ordered to do their best to keep the peace there.  Also, they met with two of the religious leaders there (Mr. Haj Agha Mahdavi and Mr. Agha Ziya) to guide the residents [to] end the disturbance.
  3. The Shahrekord Company was ordered to strengthen the Boroujen Gendarmerie and dispatch ten gendarmes to that location; also, Major Mirhadi, commander of Shahrekord, was ordered by telegram to suspend the people’s wages, and to go to Boroujen personally to cooperate with the dispatched officers.
  4. According to the order, the regimental commander met with His Holiness Haj Mirza Abdol-Javad Kalbasi.  He then sent a telegram to the clergy and complainants in Boroujen to remind the residents not to do anything [to disturb] the peace and calm of the public.  Of course, after the end of this disturbance and establishment of order, regarding these incidents and the resulting unrest, they will be dealt with according to the law.

 

On behalf of the Commander of Isfahan Gendarmerie Regiment,

Major Pour-Eshagh

11977 – 18/8/1329 [9 November 1950]

 

A copy of the above report is being submitted for the information of the Ministry of the Interior following the telegram number 498 – 14/8/1329 [5 November 1950][1]

 

On behalf of the Governor General of the Tenth Province, [signature]

 

[Stamp: Registered at the Confidential Office of the Ministry of Interior, number: 7524, date: 24/8/1329 (15 November 1950)].

[Handwritten Note 1:] Disciplinary Department, 24/8 [15 November]

[Handwritten Note 2:] Records, 24/8/1329 [15 November 1950]

[Handwritten Note 3:] Records enclosed, 24/08 [15 November].  

 

 

[1] This report was sent to the Office of the Prime Minister from the Ministry of the Interior by number M/7524 – 30/8/1329 [21 November 1950].