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Court Rules Disputed Religious Site To Be Divided


An Indian court reportedly has ruled that a religious site in northern India claimed by both Hindus and Muslims should be divided between the two communities, according to a lawyer for one of the parties involved in the lawsuit.

The high court in the northern Uttar Pradesh state has not confirmed the report.

The site, in the city of Ayodhya, has triggered bloody communal riots in the past.

At least 2,000 people were killed in clashes after a 15th-century Babri mosque was pulled down by Hindu ultranationalists in 1992.

Hindus want to build a temple to their god Rama at the site, which they claim marks the spot where Rama was born.

Muslims want the mosque rebuilt.

The government had deployed more than 190,000 police and paramilitary troops across Uttar Pradesh ahead of the verdict, and authorities had appealed for calm.

compiled from agency reports
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