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India mosque set for three way split.

Summary: A Indian court has ruled that the site of a demolished 16th century mosque in the Ayodhya will be divided three ways.

A Indian court has ruled that the site of a demolished 16th century mosque in the Ayodhya will be divided three ways between Hindus and Muslims, local television reported.

The information has not been confirmed by the court in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

The demolition of the 16th century mosque by Hindu mobs in 1992 triggered some of India's worst riots that killed about 2,000 people. More than 200,000 police have fanned out in India on Thursday to guard against any communal violence.

Hindus want to build a temple on the site. Muslims want the mosque rebuilt after it was demolished in 1992.

The verdict is almost certain to be challenged in the Supreme Court and a final decision could take years.

Commentators say the verdict is unlikely to spark widespread riots that hit Mumbai and other cities in 1992 as Political parties have called for calm.

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Date:Sep 30, 2010
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