A government official says at least three Muslims were burned to death when their thatched huts were set on fire during a clash between Hindu and Muslim groups in a village in eastern India.

Atul Prasad, a Bihar state administrator, said the violence erupted Sunday after the body of a young Hindu boy was found on a farm in Sarayian village more than a week after he went missing.

Prasad says the Hindu fishermen community blamed Muslims for killing the boy who was friendly with a Muslim girl from the village, nearly 105 kilometers (65 miles) north of Patna, the capital of Bihar state.

Police have arrested eight Hindu villagers for burning nearly two dozen huts in the poor Muslim community.

Prasad says the situation remains tense but under control in the village.