17 killed, thousands leave homes due to tribal clashes in northeast India

Eurasia News

NEW DELHI: At least 17 persons have been killed and thousands of people have been forced to leave their houses due to clashes between the two tribes in Karbi Anglong district of Indian Assam state, the officials said on Wednesday.

The clashes, which began between the Karbi People’s Liberation Tigers and Rengma Naga tribes over attempts to grab land in December, have forced some 4,000 people to seek refuge in makeshift camps.

In a statement, state water resources minister Rajib Lochan Pegu, who is overseeing security and relief operations in the district, said that extra army, police and paramilitary troopers have been deployed to prevent further clashes.