Indian worker dies after being taken hostage by Rakhine rebels in Myanmar

YANGON: A 60-year-old Indian citizen died in Myanmar after being taken hostage with several other compatriots and a Myanmarese lawmaker by an ethnic rebel group in the restless province of Rakhine, media reported on Monday.

Vinoo Gopal was among 10 people, including four Indians and U Whei Tin, a legislator from the National League for Democracy of Aung San Suu Kyi, kidnapped on Sunday by Arakan's army of two ships while traveling from Paletwa in Chin state to Kyauktaw in Rakhine, The Irrawaddy reported.

Indian workers were part of the ongoing construction of the Kaladan multimodal transit transport project.

The incident on the death of the Indian worker was the center of attention when the Arakan army released eight people, including four Indians, two translators and two boat drivers, along with Gopal's 60-year-old body at the station. Kyauktaw police on Monday morning. report said.