A disputed holy site for Hindus and Muslims in the Indian city of Ayodhya will be divided between religious communities, said Thursday to reporters an advocate for Indian interests in a decision that was contested by the parties.

"It will be divided into three parts," said Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters who crowded outside the High Court in Uttar Pradesh (north). The division process will begin in three months, he added.

The court upheld the claims of the Hindus, namely that the site is the birthplace of the god Rama. Further determined that one third would be for the Muslim community, another third to build a Hindu temple and the last part will be given to a Hindu religious organization based in Ayodhya.

Expression of Indian Hindus and Muslims to express their peaceful coexistence

Immediately after the news broke about the verdict, several Hindu and Muslim groups said they would present appeal before the Supreme Court.

A lawyer for the Muslim cause, representative of the Action Committee for the Babri mosque, said he was "partially disappointed" by the decision and said he would appeal against the decision.

For its part, a Hindu group that is campaigning for the construction of a temple at the site in dispute, thought it was "great joy".

"The court complied with the Hindu belief, but carry the case to the Supreme Court and that the fight is not over," said Nritya Gopalda however Maharaj, president of the Ram Janam Bhoomi Hindu Hindu.

Hindu nationalists say the 16-century Babri mosque was built by Mughal Emperor Babar, in place of a shrine to their god Rama.

Ayodhya religious complex houses the ruins of a mosque destroyed by Hindu extremists in 1992, prompting one of the worst waves of sectarian violence since independence from India.

Faced with the possibility of further violence, authorities deployed before the verdict at about 200,000 members of security forces in Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in India.

Many sensitive emplazamientros were put on alert across the country.

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