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July 13, 2000
Bhutanese army ready to flush Indian insurgents out of Bhutan
Nitin Gogoi in Guwahati
If the king and royal government of Bhutan decide that military operations are necessary to evict Indian militants from Bhutanese soil, the officers and men of the three services 'pledge to carry out this important task with total commitment of their body, speech and mind,' Chief Operations Officer of the Royal Bhutan Army Goongloen Gongma Lam Dorji has said.
According to a report in the Bhutanese State-run weekly Kuensel, Dorji told the national assembly that under King Jigme Singhe Wangchuk's personal supervision, the RBA was carrying out training and logistic mobilisation to launch military operations, if necessary, to drive the insurgents out of Bhutanese soil.
However, he admitted that the implementation of the 77th national assembly resolution to halt all rations to the militants's camps was affected because it was not possible to deploy adequate troops at strategic locations.
Dorji said the RBA has deployed troops along the Assam-Bhutan border from Kalikhole to Daitam. He revealed that the government had spent Nu 660.70 million up to June 2000 to meet the cost of construction work, essential administrative requirements and purchase of equipment necessary for improving and strengthening security in the areas inhabited by the militants.
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