UK to extradite post-Godhra riot case accused

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London, Oct 17 (IANS) The British government will extradite on October 18 Indian national Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel, an accused in the post-Godhra riots case in Gujarat in 2002, an official release said on Monday.

The extradition of Patel from the United Kingdom is the first such case after the signing of the treaty between the two countries in 1992.

His extradition to stand trial in India follows the government of India’s request in this regard, a release by the Indian High Commission here said.

Patel is charged with various offences under the Indian Penal Code, along with 43 other accused, pertaining to murder, rioting and being a member of an unlawful assembly.

Patel was arrested in India but released on bail. He jumped bail and escaped to the UK.

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