Q&A: The Ayodhya dispute

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file photograph taken on December 6, 1992, Hindu youths clamour atop the 16th century Muslim Babri Mosque five hours before the structure was completely demolished by hundreds supporting Hindu fundamentalist activists in Ayodhya.
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The Babri Mosque was torn down by Hindu zealots in 1992

BBC News examines key questions surrounding the bitter dispute over the flashpoint religious site at Ayodhya in northern India - in 1992 it prompted some of the country's worst religious violence since partition.