Former deputy PM of India charged with inciting mosque destruction

Former deputy PM of India charged with inciting mosque destruction

[JURIST] Lal Krishna Advani [Wikipedia profile], former deputy Prime Minister of India, was charged along with seven Hindu leaders on Thursday with inciting a mob to destroy a mosque in Ayodhya in 1992. The destruction sparked riots that killed at least 2,000 people. Opponents called the charges "politically motivated" [Press Trust of India report] and also called for a permanent replacement temple to be constructed [Press Trust of India report]. The new charges came after Advani had criticized the Indian government for repealing the Prevention of Terrorism Act [JURIST report], which he claimed might have prevented the attack. He was previously charged in connection with destroying the mosque in 2003 but the case was dismissed. AFP has more.