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A woman in Karnataka's Tavarekere district paid heavily in a case of mistaken identity over a sand dispute, as goons ended up chopping off her hand with a sword.

The incident occurred on Thursday when goons involved in a sand dispute with two men, who happened to be the woman's tenants, landed up at the house with swords and chopped off her hand, mistaking her to be a relative of their rivals, the Press Trust of India reported. 

The goons were reportedly looking for one Nanje Gowda, who owns a sand-mining business, and mistook Mangala Gowri to be his wife, The Hindu reported.

The two sides had picked an argument over a late delivery of a consignment, the report said.  

The Hindu reported that the men attacked Gowri with knives and machetes. 

The woman lost her left hand in the attack, but doctors were able to re-attach it, according to reports.

The police are now looking for the three involved in the gory crime, who have been absconding ever since the incident.