India: 4 men shot dead in religious clash
A heavy security apparatus was deployed to restore peace in the area. (File photo) Photograph: (AFP)
Four men were killed and seven injured in a gunfight that was triggered after a few men tried to allegedly molest a school-going girl in India's Bijnor district, roughly 160 km away from the national capital of Delhi, on Friday.
Daily newspaper The Indian Express reported that the incident spiralled out of control after some Hindu boys verbally harassed Muslim girls who were on their way to school in Bijnor's Pedda village.
The episode soon devolved into a religious clash, with people from both groups firing shots at each other.
Police have arrested five people -- all belonging to the Jat community, who are predominantly classified as Hindus.
A heavy security apparatus was deployed to restore peace in the area. They also had to placate a group of people who demanded death by hanging for people who killed the four men.
Indian police have identified three of the four deceased.
This is the latest high-profile flashpoint between Muslims and Hindu Jats in the region. In 2013, a religious flare-up between the two communities had left 62 dead, 93 wounded and over 50,000 people displaced in Muzaffarnagar, which is about 55 km from Bijnor.