Bhutanese premier, Jigme Y.Thinley has said that the Nepalese refugee camp-based Maoists rebels have no chance to set up camps and carry out their operations in Bhutan . Speaking at a southern Bhutanese city of Gelephu, Mr. Thinley also ruled out the possibility of any of the India’s north east separatist militants entering Bhutan.
‘Such speculations are incorrect and there are no militant activities being carried out inside Bhutan especially after our forces flushed out the Indian rebels from our country’ Thinley said.
Back in 2003, Bhutan, launching its Operation All Clear(OAC), thoroughly combed its southern territory, smashed dozens of rebels’ shelters and drove out Indian outlawed separatist groups from its soil after which the security has been tightened. But, since 2008, Bhutanese Maoists rebels which is believed to have been operated from the refugee camps in Nepal has been bothering this tiny Himalayan nation.
Bhutan experienced a series of deadly explosions in 2008 that were reportedly carried out by the Bhutanese Maoists. Following these incidents many were killed, arrested, interrogated and imprisoned. In the past one year, its forces crushed three Maoists camps in the southern districts and captured at least half a dozen rebels.
Thinley, who is on a two days routine visit to the southern districts, said that the only way such situations can be prevented is by way of providing good governance and justice. ”We are confident of repulsing any such threats,” he said.
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