A radical Hindu group said Saturday it would make another attempt to begin construction of a temple in the north Indian holy city of Ayodhya, despite violence sparked by the campaign that has left more than 160 people dead.
The announcement came one day after about 10,000 Hindus tried to break through barricades surrounding the religious site but were stopped when police opened fire, killing at least 18 people and wounding more than 60 others.Radicals want a 460-year-old Moslem mosque at the site relocated so they can begin construction of a temple to honor a Hindu god.
The campaign sparked violence between Hindus and Moslems in six states, and on Friday at least 68 people were killed, boosting to more than 160 the number of people who have died since radicals first tried to enter the religious site last Tuesday.
Despite the bloodshed, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, a militant Hindu organization, said that volunteers would again try to enter the disputed site Sunday.
A VHP official said that more volunteers from several states have been asked to go to Ayodhya, in northern Uttar Pradesh state, about 345 miles southeast of New Delhi.
In New Delhi, police used tear gas to disperse a crowd of about 1,200 Hindus who tried to march to the residence of Prime Minister V.P. Singh to protest Friday's killings. About 400 people were arrested following the incident. No injuries were reported.