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‘File 21/11 Communal tension in Qatar: appointment of special constables for Qatar’ [‎4r] (7/36)

The record is made up of 1 file (15 folios). It was created in 22 Jan 1948-3 Feb 1948. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.

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CONFIDENriAL.
D.O. No. C/116.
POLITICAL AGENCY An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company.
BAHRAIN.
The 22nd January, 1948.
Dear Sir Rupert,
I enclose a copy of a letter which I have
received from Lermitte. I propose to tell him that
I think P.C.L. should get rid of their Sikh employees
forthwith either by giving them leave or, if necessary,
dismissing them.
2. I write to ask you that the regulation for the
appointment of special constables for Qatar ('The
Special police Officers Regulation, 1947") be declared
urgent under Article 85(i) of the Qatar Order-in-Council,
1938, and be made by you forthwith. I will then appoint
these special constables suggested by Lermitte as, I think,
their appointment will have a good effect on the morale
of the camp at Dukhan as well as legalising any powers
they are able to exercise. I put it this way because,
as in the case of the proposed search, it is rather a
matter of what they can do as special constables rather
than what they ought to do. Lermitte could not give me
the exact numbers when I spoke to him this afternoon,
but even if it were shown to be practicable and likely
to lead to the desired result there seems to me a possi
bility of danger in the proposal whereby a few Europeans
/should search....
The Hon’ble Lt-Col. Sir Rupert Hay,
K.C.I.E., C.S.I.,
Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. ,
BAHRAIN.

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The file comprises correspondence and other papers relating to tensions arising between the Muslim and Sikh communities of Bahrain and Qatar, in response to the Indo-Pakistan war of 1947. The tensions referred to in the file are chiefly between Indian/Pakistani employees of Petroleum Concessions Limited (PCL), operating the oil concession in Qatar. The principal correspondents in the file are the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. in Bahrain, Cornelius Pelly, and the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , Sir William Rupert Hay.

The file includes: a letter from Basil Henry le Riolet Lermitte, Manager for PCL, to the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. at Bahrain, dated 22 January 1948, reporting on tensions between Sikh and Muslim PCL employees, and enquiring if Special Police Constables can be employed by PCL, similar to those employed by the Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) in Bahrain (f 3); proposed searches of PCL employees for weapons, dismissal and/or departure of Sikh PCL employees (ff 4-7); correspondence between the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. and H Dayal of the Ministry of External Affairs and Commonwealth Relations in New Delhi, 1948, relating to ‘communal relations’ in Bahrain and the wider Gulf region, with reference to Sikh-Muslim tensions, and anti-Jewish riots in Bahrain in December 1947 (ff 10-12); the text (typewritten draft and printed) of a notice entitled Kings Regulations under Article 83 of “The Qatar Order in Council A regulation issued by the sovereign of Great Britain on the advice of the Privy Council (in modern practice, upon the advice of government ministers). , 1939” No.1 of 1948: Special Police Officers’ Regulations , dated 3 February 1948 and signed by Hay (ff 13-14, 16).

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1 file (15 folios)
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The file’s contents are arranged in approximate chronological order, from the earliest item at the front to the latest at the end. The file notes at the end of the file (f 17) mirror the chronological arrangement.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 18; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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