2003 – Militants flushed out of Bhutanese soil
Bhutan had become a hideout to the militant outfits from across the border like the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) and the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO). The presence of the insurgents posed a serious threat to the national security and endangered the lives of the people.
Repeated requests and dialogues held to make the militants leave the Bhutanese soil peacefully failed. As a last resort, in December 2003, His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck personally led the Bhutanese forces in an operation aimed at forcefully evicting them from their hideouts in the jungles of southern Bhutan.
The operation was a great success; the militants were flushed out in an incredibly short span of three days.