19/10/2016 3:46 PM IST | Updated 19/10/2016 4:34 PM IST

14 Years After Gujarat Riots, UK Extradites Murder Accused To India

This is the first time that UK has extradited a person wanted by India.

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State police patrol the streets of Ahmadabad, India after rioting between Muslims and Hindus March 1, 2002 in Ahmedabad, India.

The United Kingdom has extradited Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel, wanted by India in connection with the 2002 Gujarat riots.

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 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.

This is the first time that the UK has deported a person wanted by India in the 24 years since the two countries signed an extradition treaty in September 22, 1992. Other individuals which India has asked the extradite include businessman Vijay Mallya, Lalit Modi, former head of the Indian Premier League, and Tiger Hanif, an aide to Dawood Ibrahim, wanted in connection with the 1993 blasts in Surat.

Forty-year old Patel, however, did not oppose his extradition for reasons which are not yet clear.

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