Today marks the 26th anniversary of Babri Mosque demolition.Some 2,000 baton-wielding Indian police were on duty in the flashpoint city of Ayodhya to prevent any clashes around the anniversary of the destruction of Babri Mosque.

Hindu zealots reduced the Babri Mosque to rubble in 1992, kicking off riots across India that left thousands dead, most of them Muslims, and the future of the site has become a major touchstone issue in Indian politics.

Many Hindus believe Ayodhya marks the birthplace of the deity ram, and that the mosque that stood there for 460 years was only built after the destruction of an earlier temple.

Muslim groups meanwhile held small commemorations of those who lost their lives in 1992.