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India Police Detain Hundreds for Banned Pilgrimage

26 August 2013

Authorities on Sunday detained hundreds of Hindu nationalists in India for defying a ban on pilgrimages to a disputed holy site that has been the cause of deadly clashes between Hindus and Muslims. The city of Ayodhya has been under heavy security since last week, when the Uttar Pradesh state government announced a ban on the pilgrimages for fear of communal violence. Members of the nationalist organization Vishva Hindu Parishad insisted they would go ahead with the pilgrimage. Police said more than 500 people were detained in Ayodhya or on their way to the religious site Sunday.—AP