LUCKNOW, (India), Oct 15 (AFP): Hindus and Muslims fought pitched battles that left three dead and 26 injured in a northern Indian town, the authorities said Saturday after imposing a curfew.
The clashes were ignited Friday night in Mau district, 300 kilometers (200 miles) southeast of Lucknow, when Muslims objected to a Hindu religious ceremony in a Muslim-dominated area.
"Shoot-on-sight orders have been issued and people have been asked to stay indoors after communal rioting killed three persons in Mau," state government spokesman Alok Sinha said.
"Twenty-six others have been injured and they have been admitted to hospital."
Rioters used firearms, killing two people, and one man died when police opened fire.