A bomb blast in Bahrain has killed an Indian and injured another, triggering fears of more violence in the absence of any real dialogue between pro-democracy campaigners and the monarchy in the Kingdom.
T. Murugaiiyan, hailing from Tamil Nadu, was killed in Gudaibiya area of Manama when he kicked an object wrapped in plastic bag, which blew up.
The tragedy occurred when Mr. Murugaiiyan was walking behind his brother who was on the cellphone. Another Indian, Dhannaram Saini, from Rajasthan, a municipality cleaner, lost his palm when he touched an explosive object hidden inside a garbage container in the capital’s upscale Adliya district. He was admitted to hospital and his condition was reported to be stable, diplomatic sources said.
Mr. Murugaiiyan’s body would be handed over to his family after completion of formalities, which include clearances from the police and the Health Ministry.
The state-run Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported that five serial blasts, caused by homemade devises rocked Manama on Monday.
These explosions, described by officials as acts of “terrorism”, also killed a Bangladeshi national.
Violence has been rising in Bahrain, coinciding with the suppression of dissent in the Kingdom. Last month, a bomb explosion killed a policeman while on patrol in the village of al-Akr, where a protest rally was being held. Another succumbed to his injuries sustained after he was attacked with a petrol bomb in April.
Last week, the Interior Ministry banned all rallies and public gatherings.
At least 60 people, including several policemen have died, and thousands injured or jailed after the Bahraini uprising flared in February 2011.