Holding Bhagavad Gita in his hand, 40-year-old Samir Patel, an accused in a 2002 riots case, reached Ahmedabad on Wednesday, a day after being extradited from the UK — the first such instance since the signing of an extradition treaty between the two nations in 1992.
A team of SIT officials brought Patel to Ahmedabad, from where he was taken to a court in Anand and later sent to jail to face trial for his alleged role in an incident of rioting at Ode village where 23 Muslims were burnt alive on March 1, 2002.
Patel had fled to London after he was granted bail in the case in 2006. According to police officials, after the formation of the SIT on the Supreme Court’s order in 2008, it was found that six accused, including Patel, have been absconding.
The SIT officials later issued a Red Corner Notice to several countries and in 2010, Patel was traced in London. Patel had arrived in the UK on visitor visa, valid for six months, but he overstayed and later his passport was also ceased.
According to Assistant Commissioner of Police B C Solanki, a member of SIT who went to London for the extradition process, Patel used to work at a liquor shop and he was arrested by London police in August.
He said the SIT was intimated about the arrest, which followed the extradition processes. He said that as per the extradition norms, Patel would not be given capital punishment even if he was found guilty by the court.