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Indian police kill Muslim protester

December 6, 1996
Web posted at: 2:45 p.m. EST (1945 GMT)

HYDERABAD, India (CNN) -- One person was killed and three were injured when police in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad fired at Muslims protesting the destruction of a mosque by a Hindu mob in 1992, state officials said Friday.

Police said they opened fire on the protesters after the rally marking the December 6 anniversary of the destruction of the 16th century Ayodhya mosque turned violent. The destruction of the mosque in the northern Indian town of Ayodhya in 1992 triggered nationwide Hindu-Muslim violence in which more than 3,000 people were killed.

Earlier Friday, Hindu nationalists forced adjournment of the Indian parliament's lower house in New Delhi. The Hindus opposed a proposal to observe a minute's silence in remembrance of the destruction.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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