Indian mosque inquiry reports - 17 years later

An Indian investigation into the 1992 demolition of a 16th-century mosque by Hindu nationalists has finally submitted its report to the prime minister Manmohan Singh.

An Indian investigation into the 1992 demolition of a 16th-century mosque by Hindu nationalists has finally submitted its report to the prime minister Manmohan Singh.

The Liberhan Commission took 17 years to prepare the report into the tearing down of the Babri Masjid as it held 399 hearings involving over 100 witnesses including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) opposition leader L K Advani.

The mosque was destroyed in a massive movement which saw more than 20,000 people descend on the city of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh, sparking nationwide communal riots.

They believe that the mosque was constructed by the country’s first Mughal emperor Babur on the remains of a Hindu temple.

The movement was sparked by Mr Advani’s demand the mosque be demolished to make way for a Hindu temple in early 1991. However, his plea was dismissed by the then Congress Party government.

Justice Liberhan, who led the commission, cited political interference as the reason behind the delay. “I did not receive cooperation from a few people,” he said.

The report is in four volumes and will now be looked at by the Home Ministry before it is made public.

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