Three Muslims were on Sunday, January 18, 2015 roasted to death following a fight with the Hindu group which led to their thatched huts being set ablaze in an Indian village.
The clash emanated following the discovery of the lifeless remains of a 19-year-old Hindu boy in a rice field on the fateful day after over one week he was declared missing.
According to the state administrator Atul Prasad of Bihar in north east India, Hindu fisherman accused the Muslims for being responsible for the boy’s death because he was dating a Muslim girl from the Ajitpur village in the Muzaffarpur district.
The charred remains of three people were found in two of many burned huts in the community, he said. Fourteen people have been arrested in connection with the arson attack, The Times of India reported.
Hindus make up more than 80% of the population and Muslims nearly 13% of the 1.2 billion people living in India. They largely live peacefully in various parts of the country, but there is occasional violence.
As a means of compensation, the government promised to give the families of the victims 5 lakhs (£5,313) while each of the 20 victims from the houses that were torched during the attack would receive 1 lakh (£1,060).