NEW DELHI – India's Supreme Court ruled on Saturday for religiously disputed reasons in favor of a Hindu temple, ordering Muslims to provide alternative land to build a mosque The country's most contentious issues.
The sixteenth-century Babri Masjid Mosque in the northern Indian city of Ayodhya in the state of Uttar Pradesh was destroyed by Hindu hardliners in December 1992] Journalist loses Indian citizenship after PM MODI was criticized  Five Supreme Court judges in a unanimous ruling stated that the Muslim community would be allocated 2.02 hectares of land at a prominent place to build a mosque. The controversial land will be handed over to a board of trustees for the construction of a temple for the Hindu god Ram.
Hindu devotees and activists celebrated the verdict on the courtyards, blowing bugles and shouting "Jai Shree Ram" or greeting God Ram.
A lawyer representing the Muslims regretted the verdict.
"We are not satisfied with the verdict and it does not meet our expectations," said Zafaryab Jilani, who represents the Babri Action Committee of the Muslim community.
"We are not satisfied with the verdict and it does not meet our expectations."
"These 5 acres of land mean nothing to us," he said. "We examine the verdict and which legal system is always open for us."
He hinted that he would file a petition for review with the Supreme Court against Saturday's ruling. At the same time, he appealed to members of all communities to maintain peace.
Vishnu Shankar Jain, a lawyer representing the Hindu community, said the trip over several years had been a struggle.
"It was a huge fight litigation and we are glad that we have convinced the Supreme Court, it is a historic moment for Hindus," he said.
"It was a huge legal dispute and we are glad that we have convinced the Supreme Court, it is a historic moment for Hindus."
Raj Nath Singh , India's Defense Minister, appealed to all to "accept the court verdict and maintain peace".
In Islamabad, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi criticized the ruling, saying that it signaled the "hate-based attitude" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government.
"This is none other than Modi's continued policy of cultivating seeds of hatred and promoting differences between communities' relatives and religious groups of the population in order to realize their plans," he said.
Hindu hardliners want to build a new temple for God Ram at the site they worship as their birthplace. They say the mosque was built after a temple dedicated to the Hindu god was destroyed by Muslim invaders.
Following the demolition of the mosque, Hindus and Muslims brought the case to a lower court that ruled in 2010 that the disputed land should be destroyed in three parts – two for Hindus and one for Muslims.
This was challenged before the Supreme Court by both communities.
The five judges instituted a daily trial in August after mediation failed to reach a compromise.
Modi had promised to build the temple elections in 2014 that would bring him to power. Later, despite the pressure of millions of Hindu hardliners who urged his government to pass laws to build the temple, he decided to wait for the court verdict.
The authorities increased security in Ayodhya, 550 kilometers east of New Delhi. and deployed more than 5,000 paramilitary forces to prevent attacks by Hindu activists on Muslims, who make up 6% of the city's more than 55,500 residents.
The strict measures included prohibiting the assembly of more than four people in one place.
The city seemed deserted and the authorities rejected thousands of Hindu pilgrims gathered for a religious event on Tuesday. Security forces were also present in the vicinity of the religious site and did not allow anyone to visit.
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People who drive to Ayodhya by car and bus were thoroughly on the road Checking security barriers while commanding positions in bunkers throughout the city revenue.
The police arrested nearly 500 people for publishing provocative news in the state's social media. According to Uttar Pradesh government spokesman Awanish Awasthi, the police have arrested 5,000 criminal individuals across the state to prevent them from causing trouble after the court verdict, and ordered all public schools and colleges to remain closed until Monday.