NEW DELHI: The Indian Supreme Court ordered an end to hearings in a long-running clash between Hindus and Muslims over a place of worship, laying the ground for a verdict that could lead to further divisions, on Wednesday.
It is believed by Hindus that the site in the northern town of Ayodhya, is the birthplace of Lord Ram and want a temple built on the ruins of mosque that was torn down by extremists in 1992, triggering riots across the country.
On the other hand the Muslims want the 16th century mosque be rebuilt and leaders from the two sides have been arguing over the matter for decades.
“Enough is enough,” it was by said Supreme Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi in a packed courtroom in New Delhi, sitting alongside four other judges.
He said, “Hearing in this matter is going to be completed today.”
Hindu groups snarled to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party have been agitating for a temple at the site.
Lawyers, journalists and a couple of saffron — robed Hindu monks jostled for space in the courtroom as both sides made their case over who the land should be given to, quoting historical information.
The court is anticipated to announce a decision next month about Babri Masjid (Mosque).
In advance of the court decision, local authorities banned gatherings of more than four people across Ayodhya town to avoid a distress between majority Hindus and Muslims.
Thousands of people have died in disturbances that have exploded over Ayodhya over the years.
“We have made our submissions, now whatever happens is in the hands of the almighty,” a lawyer Zafaryb Jilani demonstrating the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, said.