Ayodhya dispute: India top court orders trial for BJP leaders

In this file photograph taken on December 6, 1992 Hindu youths clamour atop the 16th century Muslim Babri Mosque five hours before the structure was completely demolished by hundreds supporting Hindu fundamentalist activists.Image copyright
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The dispute reached a flashpoint in 1992 when a Hindu mob destroyed a mosque at the site

India’s top court has ruled that senior figures in the governing BJP will be tried for criminal conspiracy over the destruction of a 16th Century mosque.

The order is seen as a huge setback for former party chief Lal Krishna Advani and his colleagues. The court said the trial must conclude within two years.

They deny making inflammatory speeches that encouraged Hindu mobs to tear down the Babri mosque at Ayodhya in 1992.

The riots that followed killed nearly 2,000 people.

Hindus claim the mosque was the birthplace of one of their most revered deities, Lord Ram, and that it was built after the destruction of a Hindu temple by a Muslim invader in the 16th Century.

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Lal Krishna Advani (left) and Uma Bharti (right) have fought the case in the courts for years

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