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Bhutan wants wall along Indian border

Sunday 11 July 2004

GUWAHATI: Bhutan is considering erecting a concrete wall along its border with India to prevent infiltration of Indian separatists into the Himalayan kingdom, a report said.

"There are plans to construct walls along the border areas considering the concerns expressed by the people living in these areas," Bhutan’s home minister Lyonpo Jigmi Thinley told Parliament, as quoted by the newspaper Kuensel .

The National Assembly, Kuensel said, resolved that the home ministry should carry out investigations in the feasibility of building the concrete fence and submit a report during the next parliamentary session.

Bhutan shares a 380-km unfenced border with Assam and West Bengal. The fencing issue comes in the wake of fears expressed by Bhutanese villagers residing on the border with Assam about separatists trying to enter the kingdom again.

Bhutan launched its first military operation against the rebels last December after Indian separatists ignored six years of demands to leave bases in the kingdom from which they had staged attacks on Indian targets.

P.S.

AFP

in The Times of India, Sunday, July 11, 2004.

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