Indian police say two girls have been burned to death in sectarian rioting between Hindus and Muslims.
A police official said on Monday the violence was triggered Sunday evening in the town of Pratapgarh, following the shooting death of a Hindu man in a crowded market.
The official said Hindus armed with rods and sticks set fire to more than 100 Muslim homes, burning to death two girls in the violence.
Police say riot police were sent to the town, about 200 kilometers southeast of Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state.
Last month, three people were killed in sectarian violence in the city of Aligarh, while another four were killed in Lucknow in a separate incident.