Mysore: Communal clashes have been reported to have occurred in Mysore and three people are believed to have died.
One of the dead reportedly includes a 15-year-old who was shot at. Curfew has been imposed in the Udayagiri and Mandi areas and the situation in surrounding areas too is said to be tense.
A large police presence is reported at the site of the incidence. Police fired in the air and lobbed tear gas shells to disperse crowds.
Police claim the situation is under control but Mahadevapura main road continues to be blocked by protestors.
The clashes are reportedly over attempts to build a mosque on a disputed piece of land. In fact, two years ago a group had tried to build a mosque on this site but the Huliyamma temple trust had questioned it in court.
On Wednesday night, the mosque officials tried to resume construction but the carcass of a pig was found in the area inciting fresh violence.
CNN-IBN contacted the Karnataka Chief Minister's office. In a statement, the CM's office said, "It was unexpected, it is now under control. The clashes started at 8.30 am today. School and Colleges have been closed in parts of Mysore. Media is prevented from entering troubled areas. Section 144 has been imposed."