Not greatly noticed, on Friday a bomb went off in a southern India mosque, killing 11 and wounding dozens of others. Five more were shot dead in the rioting that followed.

Saturday, the returning funeral participants began throwing stones at the accompanying policeman. Much of Hyderabad was shut down in a makeshift general strike.

Although naturally suspicion falls on ultra Hindu nationalists some investigators suggest that the banned Student Islamic Movement of India could be behind this blast and several last year — aiming, as in Iraq, to set two communities against each other.