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Saturday, 27 December 2014

India seeks Bhutan’s help to take on NE ultras...........

NEW DELHI: India has sought help from Bhutan to handle Bodo ultras who killed more than 80 people this week in Assam. External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj spoke to Bhutan PM Tshering Tobgay to seek action against NDFB(S), which perpetrated the latest massacre, amid reports that the outfit had set up bases in the India-Bhutan border areas. 

Sources said Swaraj is also likely to speak to leaders in Myanmar for support in dealing with other northeast militant groups. 

"The external affairs minister has talked to the Bhutanese leadership at the highest level. We are also working on having others who could possibly help in this," the MEA spokesperson said. 

The death toll in the carnage and retaliatory violence by tribals has risen to 81. 

Swaraj talked to Tobgay on Thursday evening after Home Minister Rajnath Singh requested her to seek assistance from Bhutan to tackle the banned militant group. Singh had said that the government would adopt "zero-tolerance policy towards acts of terror". 

"This issue came up following possible leads which indicated that there may be others beyond Indian borders where we require assistance," Akbaruddin said. 

In 2003-04, Bhutan had carried out an operation against ULFA militants and destroyed its bases on its territory.