Indian holy site prays for closure after court battle

Residents of Ayodhya scrambled for emergency food when India’s Supreme Court warned it would soon hand down a final verdict on a holy site that provoked some of the country’s worst sectarian violence. Saturday’s ruling gave Hindus the right to build a temple in the city, on land where a five-century-old mosque had stood until religious zealots tore it down in 1992, sparking riots that killed 2,000 people — mostly Muslims. “When the news broke on Friday night that the Supreme Court would give its verdict, no-one knew what will happen.

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