LONDON – A 40-year-old man wanted in India in connection with post-Godhra riots
in Gujarat in 2002 will be extradited from the UK to stand trial in India, UK
Home Office announced on Thursday.
The Press Trust of India (PTI) reports that Samir Vinubhai Patel had been
arrested by Scotland Yard in west London in August on a Red Corner Notice issued
by the Indian authorities.
His extradition order was signed by UK home secretary Amber Rudd on Sept 22
and now officials are in the process of finalising “surrender arrangements”.
“On Sept 22, the Secretary of State (Rudd), having carefully considered all
relevant matters, signed the order for Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel’s extradition to
India. He is accused, whilst being part of a rioting mob, of three counts of
murder, two counts of using unlawful violence with others for a common purpose
and one count of arson,” a UK Home Office spokesperson said.
According to Gujarat Police, Patel is wanted in connection with riots in
Ode village of Anand district after he had escaped to the UK by jumping bail a
few years ago.
A team of officials are believed to be on their way to London to take him
into custody to fly back to India by the end of this week.
On March 1, 2002, 23 people from the Muslim community were burnt alive in a
house in Pirwali Bhagol area of Ode village.
Patel along with two other accused, who are still at large, are accused of
being part of the riot mob at the time.