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India's Advani Charged in 1992 Mosque Razing Case

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An Indian court has charged opposition leader Lal Krishna Advani with inciting a Hindu mob to demolish a 16th century mosque 13 years ago, sparking nationwide riots that killed more than 2,000 people.

A special judicial magistrate said Thursday that Mr. Advani and seven other Hindu leaders had made "exciting and provocative speeches" that instigated the razing of the mosque in the town of Ayodhya on December 6, 1992. Mr. Advani was acquitted of similar charges in 2003.

But earlier this month, the High Court in Uttar Pradesh state, where Ayodhya is located, overturned that ruling and ordered a retrial.

Hindu fundamentalists, who want to build a temple at the mosque site, claim Muslims built the mosque on land regarded as the birth place of the Hindu God Ram. Muslims reject the claim.
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