At least 200 people from 25 Muslim families have migrated from their village in India's western state of Rajasthan following the killing of a Muslim folk singer allegedly by a Hindu priest and his friends, Xinhua news agency reported officials as saying.
The killing took place on Sept 27 in Dantal village of Jaisalmer district, about 558 km west of Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan.
The victim's family said a local priest Ramesh Suthar along with his friends and relatives beat 45-year-old Ahmad Khan to death for not "perfectly" singing the hymns during a temple ritual and not leading him into a state of trance.
Locals said Suthar following the culmination of singing session did not found himself empowered with super natural powers and blamed it on Khan's singing.
Khan belonged to a community of Langa Manganiyar that has been singing Hindu religious songs and spiritual verses in temples and at festivals for generations.
According to police, Suthar and his friends broke Khan's musical instruments and then severely thrashed him resulting in his death.
"We have taken cognisance of the matter and yes the death of Khan has triggered an unrest among the Muslims and Hindus to some extent," a police official pleading anonymity said. "Muslim families have fled this village."
Police have arrested Suthar.However, his accomplices in the crime are still at large.
Reports said the Muslim families were forced to flee their homes after facing social boycott and relentless threats.
Khan's family, following his killing, buried him discreetly after the priest threatened their community of dire consequences.
Away from their village, the families are forced to live on the streets of Jaisalmer town.