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Indian Hindus and Muslims 'to share' holy site

Indian Hindus and Muslims 'to share' holy site
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A court in India has reportedly ruled that a holy site prized 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. Both Hindu and Muslim groups have said they will appeal a decision to split the land.

Hindus claim the Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya in northern India 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.

The case is one of the most controversial in India’s history and the country has been on high alert in 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.