1 Oct 2010

Court splits holy site in two

7:25 am on 1 October 2010

A court in India has ruled that a disputed holy site in Ayodhya should be split between Hindus and Muslims.

However, in a majority verdict, judges gave control of the main disputed section, where a mosque was torn down in 1992, to Hindus.

Other parts of the site will be controlled by Muslims and a Hindu sect.

The BBC reports both sides intend to appeal.

The destruction of the mosque by Hindu extremists lead to widespread rioting in which some 2000 people died.

It was some of the worst religious violence since the partition of India in 1947.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has appealed for calm. In a statement, he said:

My appeal to all sections of the people is to maintain peace and tranquility and to show respect for all religions and religious beliefs in the highest traditions of Indian culture.