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2002 Gujarat riots accused extradited from UK

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 40-year-old man wanted in connection with the 2002 post-Godhra riots in Gujarat was on Tuesday extradited from the UK to stand trial in India, becoming the first person to be sent back from Britain 24 years after the two countries signed an extradition treaty.Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel had been arrested by Scotland Yard in west London in August on a Red Corner Notice issued by Indian authorities. His extradition order was signed by UK home secretary Amber Rudd on September 22 and the “surrender arrangements” were finalised for his departure. It marks the first extradition from the UK since the signing of the India-UK Extradition Treaty in 1992.”Following Government of India’s request for extradition, Mr Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel, an Indian national, is being extradited on 18th October, 2016 to face trial in India,” the High Commission said in a statement.”Mr Patel is facing trial in connection with post-Godhra riots in India in 2002. He is charged with the offence under Section 302 of 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 UK,” the statement added.According to Gujarat Police, Patel is wanted in connection with riots in Ode village of Anand district. A team of officials from India will take him into their custody to fly him back to India today.”On 22 September the Secretary of State (Amber Rudd), having carefully considered all relevant matters, signed the order for Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel’s extradition to India. He is accused, whilst being part of a rioting mob, of three counts of murder, two counts of using unlawful violence with others for a common purpose and one count of arson,” a UK Home Office spokesperson had confirmed last week.On March 1, 2002, 23 people from the Muslim community were burnt alive in a house in Pirwali Bhagol area of Ode village. Patel along with two other accused, who are still at large, are accused of being part of the rioting mob at the time. Patel’s whereabouts were traced to a home in Hounslow, west London, after which Scotland Yard nabbed him on August 9.”On 9 August officers from the MPS (Metropolitan Police Service) extradition unit attended an address in Beavers Lane, Hounslow and arrested Samir Vinubhai Patel, aged 40, on a warrant issued under section 71 Extradition Act 2003. He appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court on August 10, 2016,” a Scotland Yard statement said.”We can confirm that Mr Patel has consented to his extradition to India. However, we are unable to comment on any surrender arrangements as this is an operational matter for the police,” a UK Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) statement added.

75-year-old Indian-origin UK Maoist cult leader jailed for 23 years for raping followers

Aravindan Balakrishnan, a 75-year-old Indian-origin man who ran a secretive extremist Maoist cult, was Friday sentenced to 23 years in jail by a UK court for a string of sexual assaults.Balakrishnan, known to his followers as Comrade Bala, was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court in London for six counts of indecent assault, four counts of rape and two counts of actual bodily harm. He had been convicted following a jury trial in December last year.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>His wife, Chanda Balakrishnan, who had lived with him as part of the Workers’ Institute of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought for nearly 30 years had claimed earlier this week that his conviction was a “frame-up”.She had been unaware that her husband had fathered a daughter with his devoted follower Sian Davies and kept her imprisoned in a London flat for years. Balakrishnan had denied charges of rape and told the jury that he was “the focus of competition” between “jealous” women who made sexual advances on him.The sentencing ends an over two-year police investigation into a case which Scotland Yard detectives described as “completely unique”. Detective chief superintendent Tom Manson, from the Metropolitan Police’s Organised Crime Command, said: “It seems extraordinary that Balakrishnan could command such control over so many people, however all of the victims have told us in great detail that they very much believed his claims of power and greatness and the threats he made to them”.”They all described feelings of fear and being totally controlled him. All of the women have faced huge challenges in adapting to day-to-day life since they left Balakrishnan’s control but with the support of a number of charities and professionals are making exceptional progress and their bravery deserves recognition and praise,” he said.