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. The pair eventually abandoned him, however the threat remains, after Ramjanally’s home also got firebombed last month.
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. The BNP denies any responsibility for the crimes, but continues its Islamophobic campaign against the prayer group in Loughton.
One of the district’s BNP ouncilor is set to feature on a controversial television documentary which attracts millions of viewers. Councillor Pat Richardson will speak candidly about her attitude towards Muslims living in Britain on the Dispatches programme scheduled to be screened on Channel 4 in July. Mrs Richardson, who has the rare distinction of being the BNP’s only Jewish ouncilor, was interviewed for the programme during the local election count at Waltham Abbey Town Hall earlier this month, where she was elected to represent the Loughton Broadway ward. Along with fellow BNP party members, she was questioned about her views on British Muslims by the show’s producer James Jones. Mrs Richardson said: He was very polite and he followed us around throughout the morning. I told him I think there are many moderate Muslims living in Britain just going about their day-to-day lives, but that they end up being treated with suspicion because of radical Muslims who carry out attacks which devastate peoples’ lives. James Colasanti reports.