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Indian Hindus and Muslims 'to share' disputed site

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Indian Hindus and Muslims 'to share' disputed site


Emotions are running high in India, where a court has reportedly ruled that a holy site coveted by both Muslims and Hindus is to be divided between the two faiths.

The information comes from local media sources and is yet to be confirmed by the court itself.

The case is one of the most controversial in India’s history and some 200,000 police officers have been on high security alert throughout the build-up to the verdict.

The government has put a national block on bulk mobile phone messaging to prevent the spread of rumours and incitement to violence.

The land in question is the Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya in northern India. Hindus claim it is the birthplace of their God, Rama, and want to build a temple there.

In 1992, Hindu extremists demolished a mosque that had stood on the site since the 16th century.

The religious rioting that followed was among the worst ever witnessed in India and claimed some 2,000 lives.

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