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Thrown pig leads to religious riots in India

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  • Three people have been killed in religious rioting in southern India
  • Muslims and Hindus clash after dead pig thrown into mosque grounds
  • More than a dozen people were injured in the clashes
By Harmeet Shah Singh,
CNN
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NEW DELHI, India (CNN) -- Three people have been killed in religious rioting in southern India between Muslims and Hindus, police said Friday.

Widespread violence broke out in Mysore Thursday after somebody threw a dead pig into the compound of an under-construction mosque, city police commissioner Sunil Agarwal told CNN.

More than a dozen people were injured in the clashes, he said.

Police fired tear gas and used bamboo sticks to break up the rioting, according to Agarwal.

Authorities have, for now, banned assembly of five or more people on the streets of the troubled area, according to the police.

Mysore is a city in Karnataka, India's only southern state governed by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party.

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