India’s Supreme Court is scheduled to rule on Saturday about the possession of a centuries-old spiritual site maintained by both bulk Hindus and Muslims, a dispute which has cast a shadow of suspicion within the 2 communities for decades.
Countless paramilitary force police and members are deployed from the northern city of Ayodhya, in which an early mosque was razed in 1992 by hardline Hindus who consider the website is the birthplace of Lord Ram, a physical incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu.
The destruction of the mosque triggered religious riots where about 2,000 people, the majority of them Muslims, were killed throughout the nation and resulted in a series of court battles with a variety of groups staking claim to the website.
The last verdict will be sent with a five-judge bench headed by the Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, ” the court started late on Friday.
The verdict will determine the possession of a plot of land of merely 2.77 acres (1.1 hectares) which was greatly shielded because the 1992 clashes.
“It might appear to be only a parcel of the property but for us, it’s a pious location where our god has been born,” stated a senior Hindu leader connected with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s celebration.
“We expect the court rules in favor of the Hindus,” stated the leader, who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the problem.
The government has stepped up security not only in Ayodhya but also in other communally sensitive areas and fast action forces are placed on a high alert.
For over seven years, right-wing Hindu campaigners were pushing to construct a temple on the website, which they consider sacred for Hindus, long before the Muslim Mughals, India’s most prominent Islamic rulers, assembled what they called the Babri mosque there.
A verdict in favor of constructing a Ram Temple in Ayodhya could be considered a political success for Modi, who won another term in a landslide general election triumph this season.
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh — parent firm of Modi’s party — has determined against celebratory processions in the event the verdict goes in favor of the Hindus, to prevent sparking sectarian violence.
Muslim businesses have appealed for calm to stop communal flare-ups.