UK extradites a Gujarat riots accused after 14 years

uk-extradites-a-gujarat-riotsFor the first time, the United Kingdom has extradited an accused – Mr Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel, in connection with the 2002 Gujarat riots to India. The incident happened 14 years ago.

The Gujarat police escorted Patel back from London to face trial in a case of rioting at Ode village where 23 people were killed. Patel was arrested after the riots, but he jumped bail and made his way to the UK, where he was arrested by Scotland Yard.

“Following Government of India’s request for extradition, Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel, an Indian national, is being extradited on 18th October 2016 to face trial in India,” the Indian High Commission said in a statement.

“Patel is facing trial in connection with post-Godhra riots in India in 2002. He is charged with the offence under Section 302 of the IPC, along with 43 other accused. The offences include being member of an unlawful assembly; rioting and murder. The accused was arrested in India and was on bail and after jumping bail had escaped to the UK,” it said.

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