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India’s court set to deliver verdict on temple dispute

(FILE – In this Oct. 29, 1990, file photo, Indian security officer guards the Babri Mosque in Ayodhya, closing off the disputed site claimed by Muslims and Hindus. India’s top court is expected to pronounce its verdict on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, in the decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus over plans to build a Hindu temple on a site in northern India. In 1992, Hindu hard-liners demolished a 16th century mosque in Ayodhya, sparking deadly religious riots in which about 2,000 people, most of them Muslims, were killed across India. AP Photo: Barbara Walton, File)

NEW DELHI (AP): India’s top court is expected to pronounce its verdict in a decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus over plans to build a Hindu temple in northern India.

The five judges are expected to announce their verdict Saturday.

In 1992, Hindu hard-liners demolished a 16th century mosque in Ayodhya, sparking deadly religious riots in which about 2,000 people, most of them Muslims, were killed across India.

Hindu hard-liners say they want to build a new temple to Hindu god Ram on the site, which they revere as his birthplace.

They say the mosque was built after a temple dedicated to the Hindu god was destroyed by Muslim invaders.

Published Date: Friday, November 8th, 2019 | 08:38 AM

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