Order comes after a survey team in northern Varanasi city allegedly finds Hindu relic at the site while a Muslim body representing the old mosque says the object being described as relic is part of the fountain in the ablution area.
A Supreme Court order asked the government and state authorities to refrain from registering fresh cases under the harsh law while it was under review.
Critics say the demolition drives are pushed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party to intimidate India's 200 million Muslims.
Religious clashes have broken out between the majority Hindu and minority Muslim communities during religious processions in several parts of the country in recent weeks.
Amnesty International has condemned the demolition of Muslim-owned property across several Indian cities this week, calling for a “thorough, impartial and transparent investigation”.
Apart from Uttar Pradesh, the BJP also retained control of Uttarakhand and looked set to form governments in Goa and Manipur, while the Aam Aadmi Party scored a landslide win in Punjab.
UN rights experts say that the Indian government has failed to condemn or investigate the attacks on Rana Ayyub, who has been the target of online death and rape threats.
The far-right Bharatiya Janata Party and its Hindutva ideology are becoming more deeply entrenched in the country’s south, with sinister consequences for Muslims and other minorities.
While two new books offer opposing views on the role of the far-right RSS in the assassination of the spiritual and political leader, Hindutva ideology remains a common thread.
The results of the regional elections could either reinforce the BJP’s grip on power or give the fragmented opposition a much-needed boost.
The Hindu right has brazenly launched a multi-pronged attack, simultaneously targeting Christians, Muslims and other minorities along with anyone who speaks against the BJP regime.
Modi’s yielding to farmers' demands is a major victory for the protesters, but it’s also a calculated manoeuvre before crucial state elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and elsewhere.
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