Muslim leader who alleged BNP kidnap is arrested
A Muslim community leader who claimed he was kidnapped from his home at knifepoint and dumped in woodland after a BNP hate campaign has been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.
From The Telegraph U.K.
Published: 7:00AM BST 04 Sep 2009
Noor Ramjanally, 36, alleged that he was abducted by two men, bundled into a car boot, driven to Epping Forest in Essex and ordered to stop his religious work.
The BNP had 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.
But Mr Ramjanally has now been arrested amid suggestions that he made the whole incident up.
Mr Ramjanally had previously alleged that his Loughton home was firebombed in July and that he had received hate mail threatening his family.
An Essex Police spokesman said: “A man has been arrested in connection with an ongoing police investigation into an alleged abduction in west Essex.
“Police were contacted on Monday August 24 by a man who stated that he had been abducted from his home in the Valley Hill area of Loughton.
“On Thursday September 3, police arrested a 36 year-old man from the town on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.
“He is currently being questioned by detectives at Harlow police station.”
In the wake of the alleged kidnapping, Mr Ramjanally said: “I have got the whole UK Muslim community behind me now. I am not just on my own.”
He claimed he was at home on August 24 when two men called and put a knife to his stomach demanding he went with and put him in the boot of a 4×4 vehicle.
He said he had feared he was about to be murdered when the car stopped and one of the kidnappers said ‘Let’s do it here.”
Instead, the pair were said to have marched him deep into the forest in silence before warning him: “We don’t want the Islamic group in Loughton’.
Married father-of-one Mr Ramjanally, said he thought the attack had been inspired by the BNP.
In the latest edition of the BNP’s ‘Epping Forest Patriot’, delivered to many households in Loughton, it attacked his hiring of a local hall on Friday afternoons for two hour Jumu’ah prayer sessions.
It warned the “Islamification process is almost complete” in some parts of the area.
The BNP, which has four councillors in the area, believes the Islamic group is a prelude to building a mosque.
The prayer sessions began on March 27 with nine people worshipping and now up to 80 people attend.
On July 2, Mr Ramjanally said he 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.’
And after an alleged arson attack on July 3, high-profile community figures, including Loughton Mayor Ken Angold-Stephens, religious leaders, teachers and members of the police attended the hall where he holds prayer sessions in a show of support.
Superintendent Simon Williams, of Essex Police, said at the time the kidnapping claims were first reported: “We are treating these offences with the utmost seriousness and are putting considerable resources into the investigation.”
Epping Forest BNP group leader Councillor Pat Richardson defended the leafleting campaign, and insisted her party was not behind any alleged attacks on Mr Ramjanally.