NEW DELHI: Indian army has been deployed in Muzaffarnagar in the Uttar Pradesh state of India after 27 people were killed in communal clashes.
The violence erupted on Saturday evening when a large gathering of Hindu farmers called for revenge over the killing of three young men who had objected to an alleged harassment of a local woman.
Rumours and circulation of a fake video through mobile phones and social media escalated the violence to several neighbouring villages.
The state government has given shoot-on-sight orders and a curfew has been imposed as the violence continues. The police has arrested over 90 people so far and over 800 troops have been deployed in the area.