Kerala is in mourning over a riot in the state’s south that killed over 70 people.
“Our hearts are broken and we are heartbroken over this tragic event,” the state government said in a statement.
The riot erupted on Thursday in Jallikkattu, the main road that links the state capital to Kerala’s second-largest city, Kochi, killing at least 70 people, the state-run news agency, Reuters, reported.
The statement did not say how many people were killed.
The clashes began after a group of students who had travelled from the state to attend a religious festival on Friday decided to stay home.
After a few days, they were approached by police and arrested for not wearing masks, Reuters reported.
“A group of young people who were in Kochi decided to leave and they decided to protest in front of the police station,” the report said.
The police were called in, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.
“The police, in coordination with the Kerala Red Cross, were on standby to evacuate the protesters at the site,” Reuters said.
It was not clear how many protesters were killed in the clash.
State police had said they would not allow the protest to take place as the police could not guarantee the safety of the protesters.
The governor has ordered a probe into the riot.