Razed 16th Century Mosque Straddled 10th Century Hindu Temple

AFP: Indian archaeologists have found a medieval Hindu temple under the remains of an Islamic shrine that was razed by Hindus in 1992, a report unveiled in court said. The court in the city of Lucknow released Monday the summary of the report, which described a 10th century temple with Hindu carvings that was found under the rubble of the Babri mosque in the northern town of Ayodhya.

Thousands of Hindu zealots pulled down the 16th century Babri mosque, saying it was built over a temple to their god Ram. The sacrilege sparked off nationwide Hindu-Muslims riots that left 2,000 people dead.

The dispute over the site is now in the hands of the courts, which ordered the report by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).