Security Beefed Up in Northern India Ahead of Mosque Case..

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The security arrangements are high in India's northern Lucknow city, ahead of the hearing for deferral of the Supreme Court verdict on the mosque case. Here's more.

Security was tightened in India's Lucknow City on Tuesday, ahead of a verdict on who owns the site of a controversial mosque, Hindus or Muslims.

The state government decided to impose stern restrictions at all major areas of the provincial capital of Uttar Pradesh state.

Security forces also conducted rigorous checks on all major roads in the city.

Hindu mobs had demolished the Babri mosque on December 6, 1992, claiming that it was built on the birthplace of a Hindu deity after Mughal emperor Babar destroyed the temple.

The demolition of the mosque triggered the worst communal violence since the partition of the country in 1947, and some 2,000 people died.

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A decision in favor of Hindus would make the government unpopular with the minority Muslims. And a ruling for the Muslims would mean that the government would have to push Hindu groups out of the site.

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