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India's Deputy PM to be Tried for Alleged Role in Mosque Demolition

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India's former deputy prime minister Lal Krishna Advani has been ordered to stand trial for his alleged role in the 1992 demolition of a mosque by Hindu extremists. The razing of the mosque sparked Hindu-Muslim riots across much of India, leaving two thousand people dead. He was ordered to trial by the Allahabad high court in northern Uttar Pradesh state, after two Muslims challenged a lower court's acquittal of Mr. Advani and others due to lack of evidence. The Hindu nationalist leader is accused of inciting thousands of Hindu fanatics to demolish the Babri mosque in the town of Ayodhya. They say the 16th century mosque was built after razing a temple to their god-king Rama. Mr. Advani has been ordered to appear before a lower court July 28th.
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