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Keep an eye on Maoists in Bhutan: BJP

K Anurag in Guwahati | February 22, 2008 19:53 IST

The Bharatiya Janata Party has demanded better surveillance by the government of India on the recent Maoists upsurge in neighbouring Bhutan before the situation became as grave as that it is now in Nepal.

Interacting with media persons in Guwahati, BJP president Rajnath Singh expressed grave concern over reports about Royal Bhutan Army dismantling Maoist rebels camps inside Bhutan and termed it a 'grave development' just across the border.

"It will be prudent on part of the Government of India to take notice of it and gear up vigil along the Bhutan border to prevent infiltration of Maoist rebels, who will definitely try to sneak into India to escape the crack down launched by the Royal Bhutan Army ahead of first general election in that country in March next," the BJP chief said.

The Centre had earlier made a mistake by ignoring the Maoists upsurge in Nepal and that led to Maoists gaining a strong ground in that country, he said, adding that the same mistake should not be committed in case of  Maoists in Bhutan.

The BJP president was in the northeast to campaign for party candidates in poll-bound states of Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura.