Deccan Chronicle - - NATION -

The Vishwa Hindu Par­ishad (VHP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or­gan­ised a rally at the site in­volv­ing 150,000 vol­un­teers, known as ‘kar se­vaks’. The rally turned vi­o­lent, and the crowd over­whelmed se­cu­rity forces and tore down the mosque. A sub­se­quent in­quiry into the in­ci­dent found 68 peo­ple re­spon­si­ble for the de­mo­li­tion, in­clud­ing sev­eral lead­ers of the BJP and the VHP. The de­mo­li­tion also re­sulted in sev­eral months of in­ter-com­mu­nal ri­ot­ing be­tween In­dia’s Hindu and Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ties, caus­ing the death of at least 2,000 peo­ple.

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