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Last Updated:  Friday, 7 March, 2003, 18:14 GMT
Hindu group pushes temple claim
The right-wing Indian Hindu group, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has said it will back efforts to put pressure on the Indian Government to build a temple on a disputed religious site in northern India.

The site is claimed by both Hindus and Muslims.

A 16th century mosque which stood on the site in the town of Ayodhya was pulled down by a Hindu mob in 1992.

The incident led to riots across India, in which more than 2,000 people died.

The head of the RSS, Mohan Rao Bhagwat, made the remark at the group's annual gathering in the central Indian city of Nagpur, which is being attended by 1,200 members from across the country.

The president of the Bharatiya Janata Party, which heads India's ruling coalition, also attended the meeting.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service



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