Tiger Hanif,wanted for the 1993 blast in Surat,has been ordered to be extradited to India by a British court,the first successful extradition of an Indian from UK.
Mohammed Hanif Umerji Patel,51,who was arrested from Bolton,Greater Manchester,in March 2010,is said to be an associate of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. On Wednesday,a London court ordered his extradition to India.
He is the first person whose extradition has been successfully obtained by India since signing an extradition treaty with Britain in December 1993. \The order is being seen as a positive sign for India as extraditions of two others Nadeem Saifee (music director),who is an accused in the 1997 Gulshan Kumar murder case,and Mohammed Iqbal Memon alias Iqbal Mirchi,who is accused in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case may follow.
Hanif is wanted for the 1993 grenade attack in the city,which was carried out allegedly to avenge the demolition of Babri Masjid. An eight-year-old schoolgirl was killed in the attack. The other accused in this case,including former state fisheries minister Mohammed Surti,have been convicted for 20 years.
Hanif was earlier arrested by the Surat police in an arms case. Out on bail,he fled to the UK reportedly using a forged passport. The Surat police came to know that Hanif was picked up by the UK police in 2010. The UK police informed India about him and sought his fingerprints and photographs.
Later,former Surat DCP (crime branch) Manindersingh Puwar visited the UK with affidavits of police officials and case papers,and handed it to a British court to get Hanifs custody. The documents included confessional statements of all the convicts in the case.