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December 6, 1992: Hindu zealots raze Babri mosque in India

After the destruction, cheering members of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) began carrying away pieces of rubble as souvenirs

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Hindu fundamentalists climb on the Babri mosque to demolising it in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. - Gulf News Archives
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1992 -Thousands of Hindu fanatics stormed and destroyed a Babri mosque in Ayodhya in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, sparking nationwide outrage and fears of large-scale Hindu-Muslim riots. Frenzied Hindu mobs invaded the 16th-century mosque armed with pick-axes, hammers and swords, bringing down its three giant domes and walls in about four hours. They then resumed a drive to build a temple at the disputed site. The Hindus first attacked security forces and after braving repeated teargassing and baton-charges began working on the mosque. Security forces at the site failed to prevent the destruction. After razing it, cheering members of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) began carrying away pieces of rubble as souvenirs.

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