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India's science minister Murli Manohar Joshi has resigned after being accused of helping to stir up a deadly religious riot in 1992, a charge that he denies.

Joshi submitted his resignation after an Indian court last week implicated him and other leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in connection with the attack on the Babri Mosque in Ayodhya.

The politicians acknowledge that they were present on the day that Hindu mobs tore down the mosque, but deny that they in any way directed or influenced events. In October they will face formal charges that could carry lengthy prison sentences and hefty fines.

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Reference: Science 301, 1825 (2003)