Ayodhya to be given to Hindus-India Supreme Court

2019-11-09 at 14:04

India’s Supreme Court has ruled that the disputed holy site of Ayodhya should be given to Hindus who want a temple built there.

The case, bitterly contested by Hindus and Muslims for decades, centres on the ownership of the land.

Court said Muslims would get another plot of land to construct a mosque.

Many Hindus believe the site is the birthplace of one of their most revered deities, Lord Ram.

Muslims say they have worshipped there for generations.

At the centre of the row is the 16th Century Babri mosque that was demolished by Hindu mobs in 1992, sparking riots that killed nearly 2,000 people.

Hundreds of people were detained in Ayodhya yesterday ahead of the verdict, amid fears of violence.

Thousands of police personnel have also been deployed in the city, and shops and colleges have been shut until Monday.

Social media platforms are being monitored for inflammatory content, with police even replying to tweets and asking users to delete them.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other political leaders have appealed for calm.