The 16th-century Babri Masjid before it was destroyed by extremists in 1992. Photo: Subir Roy

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The Shia Central Waqf Board, Uttar Pradesh, told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that a mosque can be built in a Muslim-dominated area at a reasonable distance from the disputed Ramjanmabhoomi site, according to media reports.

In its affidavit, the board said, “Masjid can be located in a Muslim-dominated area at a reasonable distance from the Shree Ram birthplace. Since Babri Masjid was a Shia Waqf, we alone are entitled to negotiate and arrive at a peaceful settlement with other stakeholders.”

It added: “If the Ram temple and mosque co-exist, it will lead to conflicts.”Apart from this, the board has sought time from the apex court to set up a committee to explore an amicable settlement of the Ayodhya dispute.

In 1992, right wing activists razed the 16th-century Babri mosque, claiming it was built on a Hindu temple marking the birthplace of Lord Ram. It marked a turning point in Indian political history and continues to remain a sensitive issue decades later.

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