06 Dec 1992: In the name of RAM (god) Hindu militants(jihadis) has torn down a mosque and attacked other Muslim targets in the north Indian town of Ayodhya, in one of India's worst outbreaks of inter-communal violence.
The gathering at the mosque organised by three right-wing Hindu groups, including the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
A court has already ordered that the mosque be protected from demolition.
The leaders of the three parties promised to stand by the court's decision, and said today's demonstration would be limited to a religious ceremony symbolising the laying of the first bricks of a Hindu temple.
But before the ceremony could start, the 200,000-strong crowd broke through police cordons.
They used hammers to knock down the three domes of the mosque, and then tore at the bricks with their bare hands until the building was totally destroyed.
The government had brought in hundreds of extra police, but eyewitnesses said they stood by and allowed the destruction to take place.
The mob also turned on Indian and foreign journalists recording the scene, before moving on to attack Muslim houses and property in the area.
The destruction of the Babri mosque in Ayodhya triggered some of the worst inter-communal violence since partition in 1947.
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