Muslim leader kidnapped at knifepoint after BNP leaflet campaign

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Muslim leader kidnapped at knifepoint and ordered to stop community prayers after BNP leaflet campaign
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1209374/Muslim-leader-kidnapped-knifepoint-ordered-stop-community-prayers-BNP-leaflet-campaign.html
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 10:26 AM on 27th August 2009



A Muslim community leader has been kidnapped from his home at knifepoint and ordered to stop his religious work after a BNP hate campaign against his prayer sessions.

Noor Ramjanally, 35, said he was abducted by two men, bundled into a car boot and driven to Epping Forest in Essex.

Mr Ramjanally, whose home in nearby Loughton was firebombed last month, feared he was about to be murdered when the car stopped and one of the kidnappers said: 'Let's do it here'. 

'I thought that my life was over, that I was going to get killed,' he said.
 

Noor Ramjanally (far right) meets members of the community. He was kidnapped from his home at knifepoint, driven to Epping Forest and ordered to stop his religious work - after a BNP hate campaign against his prayer sessions

The pair marched him deep into the forest in silence before warning him: 'We don't want the Islamic group in Loughton'.

Mr Ramjanally said: 'I was scared. I feared for my life. They said, "If you don't stop, we'll come back".'

Since starting prayer sessions at a community centre in March, Mr Ramjanally has received hate mail threatening his family as well as the arson attack.   

The BNP has been accused of whipping up racial tensions in the area after it issued an inflammatory leaflet about Mr Ramjanally's Islamic community group the first in Loughton.

In the latest edition of the BNP's Epping Forest Patriot newsletter, delivered to many households in Loughton, it attacked Mr Ramjanally's hiring of a local hall on Friday afternoons for two hour Jumu'ah prayer sessions.

Under a picture of a union flag being eaten away by the Islamic moon and crescent, the leaflet said: 'In parts of neighbouring Redbridge and east London the Islamification process is almost complete. Cockney culture destroyed and East End community spirit just a fading memory.

'The BNP love Loughton and we'll do all in our power to prevent Islam creeping into our town.' 
 

The BNP leaflet attacking the use of a hall in Loughton, Essex, by Muslim community leader Mr Ramjanally

The BNP, which has four councillors in the area, believes the Islamic group is a prelude to building a mosque.

Its leaflet is headed in capital letters: 'No mosques in Loughton.' 

Essex Police have confirmed they are treating the kidnapping as a hate crime and are linking it to the two previous incidents and the group's use of Murray Hall.

The BNP strongly denies any responsibility for the crimes.

Married father-of-one Mr Ramjanally, who now fears for his life, said: 'The men did not say anything about the BNP or who they were.

'But it is only the BNP who want my Islamic group out of Loughton.

'I believe the BNP campaign has inspired the violence.' 

Mr Ramjanally was at home alone in his flat fasting for Ramadan at 12.15pm on Monday when his doorbell rang repeatedly.

He said: 'I was expecting the council to come to fix my shed. But when I opened the door, two men just grabbed me by my wrists and pulled me outside.

'It was two white men. They put a knife upon my stomach and said: "Do what you are told or you will get hurt".

'I was in shock. I did not know what to do.'

After the men left Mr Ramjanally in the forest, he was able to borrow a passer-by's mobile phone to dial 999.

He said he and his family were terrified after being targeted three times but defiantly vowed to continue the prayer sessions.

'I am really shaken. These people know where I live,' Mr Ramjanally said.

'My family are not opening the door to anyone at all at the moment.

'We don't deserve to be going through all this stress. We just want somewhere to pray.

'The prayer sessions are no different to those taking place at other mosques and community halls up and down the country.

'We are a very peaceful, sincere group and we respect every other culture.'

He said if not for his prayer sessions, Muslims would have to travel four miles to South Woodford.

'I have got the whole UK Muslim community behind me know. I am not just on my own.'

The prayer sessions began on March 27 with nine people worshipping and now up to 80 people attend.

On July 2, Mr Ramjanally received an anonymous, hand-delivered typed letter addressed to him that read: 'We don't want you to carry on at this. We know which school your kid goes to and which car you drive.'  The next day, his front door and flooring were damaged by a petrol bomb.

Mr Ramjanally met high-profile community figures, including Loughton Mayor Ken Angold-Stephens, religious leaders, teachers and members of the police, when they attended the hall in a show of support after the arson attack.

Superintendent Simon Williams, of Essex Police, said: 'We are treating these offences with the utmost seriousness and are putting considerable resources into the investigation.

'While that investigation continues, we will be working with the whole population of Loughton to ensure that all members of the community are free to practise their religion and beliefs safely and freely.' 

Police have branded the BNP leaflet 'unhelpful' but not illegal.

Epping Forest BNP group leader Councillor Pat Richardson defended the leafleting campaign, which took place in late July.

She said of the prayer group: 'It shouldn't be in a community centre and I don't think it's appropriate in a BNP ward.

'It brings all sorts of problems and we don't want problems in this area.

'It's not really natural for the area because there are so few Muslims.

'I was wondering whether it was a ploy to attract more Muslims to the area to try and vote out the BNP councillors.' 

She said her party was not behind the attacks on Mr Ramjanally.

'Firebombing is not a British method. A brick through the window is a British method but firebombing is not a way of showing displeasure,' Cr Richardson said.

'I told the police we want to object that fingers were being pointed in our direction.'
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Re: Muslim leader kidnapped at knifepoint after BNP leaflet campaign
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2009, 04:43:01 PM »
NSA, CIA or blackop work.

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