Dubai, Feb 20 (PTI) Indians working in Bahrain must obey local laws and not resort to strikes as such actions are illegal in the Gulf country, Indian ambassador to Manama Balakrishna Shetty said. His appeal comes at a time when an unprecedented number of workers, including Indians, are going on strike at many Bahrain companies. During the strikes, many of the contracting companies had blamed the Indian embassy for the strikes.

The embassy has in no way been associated with supporting any move by Indian workers to violate local labour laws, he said.

"In the wake of recent reports in the media about strikes by expatriate workers, including Indians, at a few private companies in Bahrain, the Indian Embassy would like to clarify that it has always laid stress upon the Indian workers to strictly abide by all local rules and regulations," Shetty said in a press statement.

Shetty also appreciated the recent initiative taken by Labour Minister Majeed Al Alawi to set up a trouble-shooting panel to ensure peace and harmony at workplaces.

"India warmly appreciates the pioneering steps taken by Bahrain to put in place a humane and equitable working environment for expatriate workers, especially since the largest segment of expatriate workers is from India," he added. PTI