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The Ayodhya Dispute

Members of Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath stage a protest against Supreme Court's verdict on Ayodhya land case, in Chennai.

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All India Muslim Personal Law Board senior member MP Asaduddin Owaisi after the meeting of board's working committee on the Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya dispute, in Lucknow. AIMPLB will file review petition against Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya issue and said it was against accepting the five-acre alternative land given for a mosque.

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All India Muslim Personal Law Board secretary Zafaryab Jilani and member S.Q.R. Iliyas address a press conference, in Lucknow. AIMPLB will file review petition against Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya issue and said it was against accepting the five-acre alternative land given for a mosque.

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Ramalya Nyas Secretary Swami Avimukteshwaranand Saraswati (C), P N Mishra (L) and Ajay Gautam during a press conference on Ram Janambhoomi Temple construction issue, at Press Club of India in New Delhi.

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President of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind Maulana Syed Arshad Madani addresses a press conference on Supreme Court's verdict on Ayodhya case, in New Delhi.

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Hindu political activist Sadhvi Ritambhara addresses the media after SCs judgement in Ram Janmabhoomi case, in Mathura

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People read about the verdict in a decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus in newspapers in Ayodhya.

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People read about the verdict in a decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus in a newspaper in Ayodhya.

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People buy newspapers to read about the verdict in a decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus in Ayodhya.

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Senior priest Mahant Raju Das of Hanuman Garhi Mandir and a local Muslim leader Babloo Khan at Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas in Ayodhya. The Supreme Court in a historic verdict backed the construction of a Ram temple by a trust at the disputed site in Ayodhya and ruled that an alternative five-acre plot must be found for a mosque in the Hindu holy town.

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Shopkeeper reads newspaper fronted with headlines on Ayodhya case verdict, in Ayodhya.

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Sadhus read newspaper fronted with headlines on Ayodhya case verdict, in Ayodhya. The Supreme Court in a historic verdict backed the construction of a Ram temple by a trust at the disputed site in Ayodhya and ruled that an alternative five-acre plot must be found for a mosque in the Hindu holy town.

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Devotees arrive at Hanuman Garhi Mandir, in Ayodhya. The Supreme Court in a historic verdict backed the construction of a Ram temple by a trust at the disputed site in Ayodhya and ruled that an alternative five-acre plot must be found for a mosque in the Hindu holy town.

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Residents of Sadatganj area burst fire crackers outside their houses to celebrate SCs judgement in Ram Janmabhoomi case, in Ayodhya.

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Devotees perform rituals in Ayodhya. India's Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Hindu temple on a disputed religious ground and ordered that alternative land be given to Muslims to build a mosque. The dispute over land ownership has been one of the country's most contentious issues.

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Hindu holy man Shri Narsingh Das Maharaja, right, celebrates after a verdict in a decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus, in Ayodhya.

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Muslims offer sweets to each other after Supreme Court's verdict outside the Shah-e-alam shrine in Ahmedabad. The apex court cleared the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot a 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque.

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A vendor stacks up copies of local newspapers fronted by with headlines on Ayodhya case verdict, in New Delhi.

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Security personnel stand guard during restrictions at Gujjar Nagar area, in Jammu. Restrictions were imposed in entire Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday as a precautionary measure in the wake of the Supreme Court judgment in the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case.

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A local reads newspaper fronted with headlines on Ayodhya case verdict, in New Delhi.

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Bhoiwada Senior Police officer greets and offers shawl to Khatri Masjid Maulavi for peace and harmony during the verdict of Ayodhya case, in Mumbai.

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Supporters of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) celebrate the Supreme Court's verdict outside the VHP office in Ahmadabad. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Hindu temple on a disputed religious ground and ordered that alternative land be given to Muslims. The dispute over land ownership has been one of the country's most contentious issues.

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Supporters of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) celebrate the Supreme Court's verdict outside the VHP office in Ahmadabad.

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Supporters of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) celebrate the Supreme Court's verdict outside the VHP office in Ahmadabad.

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Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) workers burn firecrackers as they celebrate after Supreme Court's verdict on Ayodhya land case, outside VHP office in Ahmedabad.

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Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, representing the Muslim parties, comes out after the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya case, in New Delhi.

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Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray interacts with media after the Ayodhya case verdict, in Mumbai.

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Senior BJP leader Uma Bharti applies 'tilak' on a photo of Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader late Ashok Singhal, at VHP office in New Delhi.

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A policewoman checks a motocyclist's bag as security is beefed up outside the Supreme Court premises ahead of the court's verdict on Ayodhya land case, in New Delhi.

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Sadhus celebrate after Supreme Court's verdict on Ayodhya case, in Prayagraj.

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar speaks to media personnel on the Ayodhya Case verdict, at Jai Prakash Narayan airport, in Patna.

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People celebrate after Supreme Court's verdict on Ayodhya case, in Bikaner. The apex court cleared the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot a 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque.

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All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi addresses the media after the Supreme Court's historic verdict on Ayodhya land case, in Hyderabad.

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Imam Ahmed Bukhari, the Shahi Imam of Old Delhi's Jama Masjid, addresses the media after the Supreme Court's judgement on the Ayodhya case, in New Delhi.

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Hindu Mahasabha's advocate Varun Kumar Sinha being offered sweets after as he comes out of the Supreme Court after the Ayodhya case verdict, in New Delhi.

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Railway police personnel check the bags of passengers at a railway station as part of precautionary measures for the Ayodhya case verdict, in Chennai. The apex court cleared the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot a 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque.

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Police officers stand guard in front of a poster of god Rama outside the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) head office in Mumbai.

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Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel deployed near Minara Masjid as a precautionary measure after Supreme Court's historic verdict on the Ayodhya land case, in the old city of Hyderabad.

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Security personnel patrol in streets as a precautionary measure in view of Supreme Court's historic verdict on the Ayodhya land case, in Jaipur.

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Security personnel patrol a street as security has been beefed up in the view of the Ayodhya case verdict, in Varanasi.

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Mounted security personnel patrol in streets as a precautionary measure in view of Supreme Court's historic verdict on the Ayodhya land case, in Jaipur.

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Special Action Group (SAG) personnel stand guard near a mosque as a precautionary measure after Supreme Court's historic verdict on the Ayodhya land case, in Chennai.

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Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi talks to media after Supreme court's verdict on Ayodhya case, in New Delhi.

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Uma Bharti leaves after visiting party leader L.K. Advani after the Supreme Court verdict in the decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus, in New Delhi.

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Bharatiya Janata Party's Mumbai unit President Mangal Prabhat Lodha (2nd R) with Maharashtra state MLAs perform rituals at a temple, in Mumbai.

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A Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) supporter feeds sweets to a policeman standing guard outside the VHP office in Ahmadabad.

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Sadhus celebrate the verdict in a decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus, in Ayodhya.

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Activists of Jammu and Kashmir Dogra Front feed sweets to portraits of the five Supreme Court judges involved in the verdict in the decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus, in Jammu. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Hindu temple on a disputed religious ground and ordered that alternative land be given to Muslims.

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Police personnel deployed outside Bandra Masjid as a precautionary measure in view of Supreme Court's historic verdict on the Ayodhya land case, in Mumbai.

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Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel patrol in a street as a precautionary measure in view of Supreme Court's historic verdict on the Ayodhya land case, in Ayodhya. The apex court cleared the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot a 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque.

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People offer sweets to each other as they celebrate Supreme Court's historic verdict on the Ayodhya land case, in Ayodhya.

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People belonging to various faiths celebrate the Ayodhya Case verdict, in Ranchi.

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Alok Kumar, VHP Working President, addresses media after Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya, in New Delhi.

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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath addresses after the Supreme Court pronounces its verdict on Ayodhya land case, at PHQ in Bhopal.

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International President of Antarrashtriya Hindu Parishad Pravin Togadia being offered sweets by an IHP member after Supreme Court's historic verdict on the Ayodhya land case, in Ahmedabad.

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International President of Antarrashtriya Hindu Parishad Pravin Togadia addresses media after Supreme Court's historic verdict on the Ayodhya land case, in Ahmedabad.

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Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel patrol a street as a precautionary measure after Supreme Court's historic verdict on the Ayodhya land case, in Ahmedabad.

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Police personnel patrol as a precautionary measure in view of Supreme Court's historic verdict on the Ayodhya land case, in Jabalpur.

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Mounted Police personnel patrol in a street as part of precautionary measures in view of Supreme Court's historic verdict on the Ayodhya land case, in Jabalpur.

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Police personnel deployed on street as a precautionary measure in view of Supreme Courts historic verdict on the Ayodhya land case, in Mumbai.

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A policeman keeps vigil in a street as security has been beefed up in the view of the Ayodhya case verdict, in Mumbai.

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Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat addresses a press conference after the Supreme Court pronounces its verdict on Ayodhya land case, in New Delhi.

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Police personnel patrol a street as a precautionary measure after Supreme Court's historic judgement on the Ayodhya land dispute, in Ahmedabad.

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Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel deployed on street as a precautionary measure ahead of Supreme Court's historic judgement on the Ayodhya land dispute, in Mumbai.

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RAF personnel beefed up at a market as a precautionary measure after Supreme Court's historic judgement on the Ayodhya land dispute, in Coimbatore. The apex court cleared the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot a 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque.

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A policeman with a sniffer dog guards checks the bags of passengers at a railway station as part of precautionary measures for the Ayodhya case verdict, in Coimbatore.

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A Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) supporter feeds sweets to a passerby in Ahmadabad.

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A Muslim man interacts with policemen in Ahmadabad. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Hindu temple on a disputed religious ground and ordered that alternative land be given to Muslims. The dispute over land ownership has been one of the country's most contentious issues.

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A devotee waves an Indian national flag and celebrates a verdict in a decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus, in Ayodhya.

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Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel patrol a street in Ahmadabad. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Hindu temple on a disputed religious ground and ordered that alternative land be given to Muslims. The dispute over land ownership has been one of the country's most contentious issues.

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Police officers stand guard on a street in Mumbai. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Hindu temple on a disputed religious ground and ordered that alternative land be given to Muslims to build a mosque. The dispute over land ownership has been one of the country's most contentious issues.

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Supporters of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) celebrate the Supreme Court's verdict, outside the VHP office in Ahmadabad. India's Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Hindu temple on a disputed religious ground and ordered that alternative land be given to Muslims.

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People wave a flag that reads 'Glory to lord Rama' as they celebrate the verdict outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi. Supreme court has ruled for a disputed temple-mosque land for Hindus with alternate land to Muslims.

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People distribute sweets to celebrate the verdict in a decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus, in Ayodhya.

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People celebrate with sweets after a verdict in a decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus, in Ayodhya.

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People feed a cow as they celebrate the verdict in a decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus, in Ayodhya. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Hindu temple on a disputed religious ground and ordered that alternative land be given to Muslims to build a mosque. The dispute over land ownership has been one of the country's most contentious issues.

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People belonging to Hindu and Muslim faiths celebrate the Ayodhya case, outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi.

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People belonging to Hindu and Muslim faiths celebrate the Ayodhya case, outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi.

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People belonging to Hindu and Muslim faiths celebrate the Ayodhya case, outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi.

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People belonging to Hindu and Muslim faiths celebrate the Ayodhya case, outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi.

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A policeman keeps vigil at Sri Krishna Janamsthan temple as security has been tightened in the view of the Ayodhya case verdict, in Mathura.

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People watch the news on Ayodhya case verdict on television sets at a showroom in Mathura.

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Police personnel patrol near the Jama Masjid as security has been beefed up in the view of the Ayodhya case verdict, in New Delhi.

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Security personnel patrol in a sensitive area as security has been tightened in the view of the Ayodhya case verdict, in Ranchi.

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People celebrate the Ayodhya case verdict outside the Supreme Court, in New Delhi.

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A sadhu flashes the victory sign at the Supreme Court complex after the pronouncement of the Ayodhya case verdict, in New Delhi.

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A policeman keeps vigil in front of the Jama Masjid as security has been tightened in the view of Ayodhya case verdict, in Prayagraj.

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Mahant Dharam Das of the Nirwani Akhara along with advocates react as they come out after the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya case, in New Delhi.

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An advocate, displaying a scarf with a picture of Lord Hanuman and religious slogans Jai Shri Ram, shouts slogans along with others in the Supreme Court complex after the pronouncement of Ayodhya case verdict, in New Delhi.

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Sunni Central Waqf Boards lawyer Zafaryab Jilani along with other advocates addresses a press conference after the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya case, in New Delhi.

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A Rapid Action Force soldier stands guards on a street in Mumbai. India's security forces were on high alert ahead of the Supreme Court's verdict Saturday in a decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus over plans to build a Hindu temple on a site where Hindu hard-liners demolished a 16th century mosque in 1992, sparking deadly religious riots.

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People distribute sweats and celebrate after the Supreme Court judgement in Ayodhya.

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Security personnel stand guard on a road in Jammu. Security has been beefed up as restrictions under Section 144 of the CrPC have been imposed in Jammu ahead of the Supreme court verdict on the Ayodhya case.

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RAF personnel stand guard along a road in Gujjar Nagar area of Jammu. Security has been beefed up as restrictions under Section 144 of the CrPC have been imposed in Jammu ahead of the Supreme court verdict on the Ayodhya case.

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Tourists walk past security personnel standing guard in a street in Jammu. Security has been beefed up as restrictions under Section 144 of the CrPC have been imposed in Jammu ahead of the Supreme court verdict on the Ayodhya case.

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In this file photo, a man holds a brick reading "Jai Shree Ram" (Victory to Lord Ram) as bricks of the old Babri Mosque are piled up in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. Authorities increased security in Ayodhya, 550 kilometers (350 miles) east of New Delhi, and deployed more than 5,000 paramilitary forces to prevent any attacks by Hindu activists on Muslims, who comprise 6% of the town's more than 55,500 people.

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Police and RAF personnel patrol near the Hanumagarhi temple in Ayodhya. Security has been beefed up in Ayodhya and adjoining areas ahead of the Supreme Court verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri masjid title suit.

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All India Hindu Mahasabha leader Swami Chakrapani Maharaj reacts as he talks to the media at the Supreme Court after a hearing of the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case, in New Delhi.

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Security personnel check a vendor in Ayodhya. Security has been beefed up in Ayodhya and adjoining areas ahead of the Supreme Court verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri masjid title suit.

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Chief Justice of India (CJI) designate Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde arrives at the Supreme Court premises for the Ayodhya case verdict, in New Delhi.

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