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Last Updated: Wednesday, 24 October 2007, 14:38 GMT 15:38 UK
Hindus sentenced over India riots
Hindus at Babri Mosque in 1992
The Babri Mosque was torn down by Hindus in 1992
A court in India has sentenced 15 Hindus to life imprisonment for murder and other crimes during riots following the destruction of a mosque in 1992.

The court in the northern city of Kanpur found the defendants guilty of burning 11 Muslims to death.

The demolition of Ayodhya's Babri mosque by hard-line Hindus sparked some of India's worst riots. About 2,000 people were killed across the country.

Many Hindus say the mosque was built on the site where the God Rama was born.

Rioting and arson

The BBC's Ram Dutt Tripathi in the Uttar Pradesh state capital, Lucknow, says that there was a ruckus in court when one of the defendants, who is an advocate, was handcuffed before sentencing.

Our correspondent says that court proceedings were temporarily suspended before order was restored.

The 11 Muslims killed in the Govind Nagar district of Kanpur were burnt to death by a Hindu mob on 10 December 1992, the court found.

Two of those killed were women, one a child.

In all, 25 people were accused of crimes in the case ranging from rioting and arson to murder.

One defendant died during the trial which went on for almost 15 years.

The other nine defendants were acquitted.

Defence lawyer Yogesh Bhasin said his clients were innocent and appeals against their convictions would be filed in the high court.

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