NEW DELHI, India (CNN) -- An Indian paramilitary trooper shot dead six colleagues and fled his military camp with an AK-47 rifle in the remote northeastern state of Manipur, a spokesman for his unit said Thursday.
Indian Assam Rifles paramilitary soldiers on duty in the eastern state of Manipur.
"He shot dead one junior commissioned officer in a fit of rage after having an altercation with him and then turned the gun on five other troopers (who arrived at the scene)," said Shamsher Jung, the spokesman for the Assam Rifles.
Authorities launched a manhunt for the trooper.
The rebels want a separate homeland and have accused the Indian government of exploiting the region's natural resources, while doing little in return to help the indigenous people who live there.
In the last decade, thousands have died in separatist violence.
-- CNN's Harmeet Shah Singh contributed to this report.