PM denies presence of Indian militants in Bhutan


Jan 20: Prime Minister Jigme Thinley has expressed his commitment not to let the Indian militants revive their presence in Bhutanese soil.

He further said there is no presence of Indian militants in Bhutanese territory and refuted media reports.

Talking to our correspondent in Gelephu, where he reached as part of his tour to southern districts, however said the country has threats from communist rebels though it is capable of fighting back.

The Operation All Clear that Bhutan launched in 2003 busted 30 camps of United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA0, the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) and the Kamatapur Liberation Organization (KLO), who received invitation from fourth king for mass eviction in southern Bhutan in early 1990s.

Thinley said attempt of the communist groups to start violence in Bhutan alluring people will be foiled by way of providing good governance and justice.

Thinley will travel to southern districts for next two days to monitor development activities and security issues. Southern districts saw series of explosions in the last two years where at least a dozen people lost their lives.

The development activities in southern districts resumed this year after the span of nearly two decades.