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Indian army “mistakenly” fired at two civilians in the Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh, army sources were quoted as saying in media reports.

The event occurred on April 1 evening in Chasa village, when two locals, Nokphya Wangdan (28) and Ramwang Wangsu (23), were coming home after fishing in a river, according to them.

The army took the two locals to the Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH) in Dibrugarh for treatment, they said.

According to army sources, it was a case of mistaken identification.

AMCH superintendent Dr Prasanta Dihingia said one of the injured was hit by a bullet in the ulna of his hand, while the other’s bullet injury was on the toe.

Both are currently out of danger, he said.

A villager, accompanying the injured persons to the hospital, claimed before the press that the duo was fired upon by army personnel.

“Both of them are orphans. Now, one’s hand is injured and another’s leg is wounded. The government will have to do something for them,” he said.

BJP president of Tirap district, Kamrang Tesia, said that instead of ensuring the security of the locals, the “senseless act” of the security forces without proper intelligence was leading to loss of their credibility.

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