Fresh communal violence claims three lives in north India

Clashes between two villages in a north Indian state have killed three people, just a month after communal violence between Hindus and Muslims left dozens dead and led hundreds of troops to deploy to the region.

District Magistrate Kaushal Raj says three Muslim men were beaten to death Wednesday night in Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh, according to Press Trust of India.

Police official HM Singh says eight people have been arrested, and paramilitary troops are on patrol.

The district has been tense since early September when groups of Hindus and Muslims, some armed with guns, swords or clubs, engaged in clashes that killed 62 people until hundreds of Indian troops were deployed.