Indian ruling party officials to be tried over 1992 Babri mosque demolition

Indian ruling party officials to be tried over 1992 Babri mosque demolition

Court rules 13 senior BJP figures, including water minister and a state governor, must face criminal conspiracy charges

Senior members of India’s ruling party, including a government minister, will be tried for their alleged involvement in the demolition of a 16th-century mosque 25 years ago, a flashpoint in modern Indian history that triggered religious riots in which nearly 2,000 people died.

The supreme court announced that 13 members of the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP), among them the serving governor of Rajasthan, would face criminal conspiracy charges over the 1992 demolition of the Babri mosque in Ayodhya, in Uttar Pradesh.

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