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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎11r] (21/206)

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The record is made up of 1 file (100 folios). It was created in 1 Jan 1948-31 Dec 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .


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wat ff :f ’ ro ' , i the well, one of then had a rifle with him
a e oth 'J’ an ^ ra nunition belt. A bedouin of the Beni Qitab
who was at the well forcibly took away the rifle and the
“h L°h o f ^U"f 1 - an ?', after Sfceallng th(3ir absconded,
and to punish ?he cu^pri? § PS t0 re0 ° Ver the SC ° len rifle
tho 3 jtil ] i t w l as recently kidnapped from Dubai by two of
JJj® inh Q > 2 nd taken t0 Muwailih, about seven ailes y from
onarjah, where he was kept in chains until he could bo sold to
^ ? ea i er ? a " d moved t0 Buraimi. The Batini. however,
escaped at night and came to the Batini guards ac the 3.O.A.C.
fort. ihey took him to the Shaikh of Sharjah who opened his
wo^n 5 h nd released him - rhs 3haikh of ^bai has imprisoned a
voman a ho .-/as suspected of helping in the abduction of the man.
B 6 . THB 1 A’VAMTR .
On the 14th a caravan of 7 Batinis (subjects of
1 U SC dh was attacked by a gang of robbers believed to be of
e k ;L. A ' va ” ur 1 ?; ar to the western entrance of Fadi el Qaur, in
o a jah territory, one of the Batinis was killed and 4 wounded
jn£ or Ca h 0lS killed ' 4 camels and all their loads consist-’
VK 2 -; v,? hes and to bac co W ere stolen. The Shaikh of Ras al
.haimah s car which happened to pass the scene of the robbery
. s n3 ^ day Picked up the wounded and brought them to Dubai
und ? r treatment. The Shaikh of Sharjah did not
take an/ Sc-eps against the robbers.
. '2 n ^ he T-^th Shaikh Muhammad bin Hamad ash-Sharqi of
f r . a ^ a J ra ^ r 1 or anr ^ Buraimi by car. He was on his
w T . {amas ^^ to try to redeem a woman kidnapped from Kalba
y A /amir raiders and taken to Hamasah en route for S^udi Arabia
He undent ook this ac the request of her relacives who were unable
to geo che Regent of Kalba or his nephews to help them.
^ news of che assassination of MAHATMA GANDHI was
t f nock Co the Indian Communicy in Bahrain. All the
In an shops were closed immediately the news was received. The
^ aay ’ 31st January, all shops, Hindu, Muslim and Arab, in
oth i-lanama and Muharraq and the Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. and Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. offices
np-rf y tndu Cemple in Manama religious rites were
performed to synchronise with the. funeral ceremony in New Delhi-
many Indian Muslims, and two American Missionaries attended the'
h n r ? m whpA r,l n the 2 venin S there was a congregation in the temple
hall wh^n prayers from the Bible and Gita, and the favourite
hymns or MAHATMA^ GANDHI were recited. At the end the whole
gathering stood in silence for three minutes.
(i) On tho ^3rd the ^^ab Club:
celebration of the Prophet Monammed':
of the "Bahrain Club" in Muharraq.
of Bahrain held
Birthday at the
a joint
(ii) The Bahrain Government are anxious to bmr a r ^ r, ' ?
pre ^' v.'S 07 haVe been infor med that it will be a. ^east 1/5
months before they can obtain a new press from the United Kingdom
/and nav .

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The file contains fortnightly intelligence summaries produced by the Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. at Bahrain for the year 1948. The reports, marked as secret, were sent to the Government of India, the 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. , and numerous diplomatic, political, and military offices in the Middle East. Each report is numbered from 1 to 24 and covers a two week period.

The reports are divided into short sections that relate to a particular subject. Contained within the file is intelligence on the following:

  • shipping;
  • visits of British and foreign notables;
  • economic and commercial matters, including the pearling industry;
  • local news and affairs, as well as that of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, Oman, and the Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. ;
  • the work of third parties in the region, such as the Bahrain Petroleum Company, Gray, Mackenzie and Co., and Petroleum Concessions Limited;
  • labour matters, especially strikes and unrest;
  • local reaction to international events such as the end of the British Mandate in Palestine and the death of Mohandas Gandhi;
  • the activities of the Royal Navy;
  • the supply of electricity, water and telecommunications;
  • aviation;
  • the work of the Middle East Anti-Locust Unit;
  • the traffic of slaves;
  • quarantine and medical matters;
  • weather and meteorological data.

The final page of the final report appears to be missing.

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1 file (100 folios)

The file is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 103; 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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