At least 14 burgers accidentally killed by Indian troops in remote northeast – officials

GUWAHATI, India, Dec. 5 (Reuters) – At least 14 tribal burgers and one safety personnel were accidentally killed when Indian troops opened randomly fire in the remote northeastern state of nagaland, government and military officials said: on Sunday.

The Indian minister Home Office Amit Shah said he was “anxious” over the news of burgers get killed in the incident leaves on Saturday night.

Nagaland’s chef minister Neiphiu Rio told Reuters that an investigation will be conducted and the culprits punished in the incident, which he attributed to intelligence failure.

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At least a dozen burgers and some members of the security forces were injured in the attack, said a federal defense ministry official based in New Delhi.

Locals in Nagaland has often accused armed forces of wrongly targeting innocent locals in their counterinsurgency operations against rebel groups.

The incident took place in and around the village of Oting in Mon district, bordering Myanmar, during a member-led counterinsurgency operation of the Assam Rifles, part of Deployment of Indian security forces in the state, said a senior Police official based in Nagaland.

The firing then started a truck met 30 of more workers in the coal mines passed the camp of Assam Rifles area.

“The troopers had information over a militant movement in the area and on seeing truck they thought the miners were rebels and opened fire killing six workers,” the senior Police official told Reuters, met the request for anonymity because he is not authorized to speak with journalists.

“After the news of firing scatter in the village, hundreds of tribal people surrounded the camp. They Burned Assam Rifles vehicles and collided with the troopers using raw weapons,” he said.

Members of the Assam Rifles retaliated, and in the second attack eight more burgers and a security member were among the dead, the official said.

India has tried Myanmar in recent years over expel rebels from bases in the thick jungles of the region, which borders Nagaland, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.

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Reporting by Zarir Hussain; Additional Reporting by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Editing by Rupam Jain and William Mallard

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