The Babri Masjid dispute in Ayodhya has been a flashpoint of violence between Hindus and Muslims for decades. Here's a look at the troubled history of the disputed holy site.
A cross-section of the Hindu community believes that in the 12th century, a temple is built in honour of Lord Rama in Ayodhya.
The Babri Mosque is build by Babar's general, Mir Baqi, on the orders of the Mughal leader Babur post destruction of the Ram Mandir.
First recorded Hindu-Muslim clashes at the site.
The British administration erects a fence to separate the places of worship, allowing the inner court to be used by Muslims and the outer court by Hindus.
Idols of Lord Rama appear inside mosque allegedly placed there by Hindus. Muslims protest, and both parties file civil suits. The government proclaims the premises a disputed area and locks the gates.
Spearheaded by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad party, Hindus form a committee to liberate the disputed site and build a Ram templeRead More »from Timeline: Ayodhya Dispute