[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

 

[Emblem]

The Ministry of Justice

The [National] Investigation Office

 

Date: 29/4/1325 [20 July 1946]

Number: 1328/B

 

The [Prime Minister] Head of the Cabinet

 

During the last two months, several reports were received from Zabol and Zahedan about disputes between Muslims and the Baha’i sect; at the time, appropriate orders were given to the Department of Justice. On the date of 7/4/1325 [26 June 1946] a telegram from Zahedan, addressed to His Excellency Ashraf[1], and Mr. Ghavam Al-Saltaneh, with a copy to the Ministry of Justice, was also received, which contained the news of the gruesome killing of an eight[2]-year-old child. As this crime had caused agitation and commotion among the locals, an order was issued to the governor general of Zabol to go personally to Zahedan and take the file under his observation and action.

 

On the 16 and 17th of [Tir] 1325 [7 and 8 July 1946], two telegrams from Birjand, addressed to His Excellency Ashraf, the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Justice, were received, reporting the ongoing disturbance, sedition, riot, robbery and looting of the possessions of Baha’is. As the occurrence of the religious hostility in the three cities mentioned above seems not to be simple and without the interference of secret hands, it is conceivable that if strict orders are not given soon to the heads of the departments of the Ninth Province to be watchful to prevent events such as this and to investigate the reasons and the identity of those who were involved in this incident, it will not be long before unexpected and more difficult situations may occur in that area. This, of course, in order to extinguish [the violence] and return [things] to normal, might require spending time and bearing many losses, which will not be recoverable.

 

This is conveyed in order to inform His Excellency. We request that the orders which will be given in this situation be communicated to the National Investigation Organisation.

 

Minister of  Justice and Head of the National Investigation Organisation [signature]

 

[Stamp: received in the Office of the Prime Minister, number: 13668, date: 29/4/1325 [20 July 1946]

[Handwritten:] Mr. Fakhraei 31/4/[1325] [22 July 1946]

 

 

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

[2] [In other letter has been referred to as a six-years-old child]