Terror suspect launches new appeal against extradition to India

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A TERROR suspect found hiding in a Bolton grocery shop last year has tried again to overturn an order demanding he be extradited to India.

Tiger Hanif, whose full name is Mohammed Hanif Umerji Patel, has appealed to Home Secretary Theresa May, despite a high court ruling upholding an extradition order in April this year.

Ms May first ordered him to be deported in June last year. Patel, aged 52, is accused of being involved in two bombings against Hindus in the Gujarat region of India in 1993.

The first, in January, killed an eight-year-old girl and injured 12 people at a market on the Varacha Road in Surat.

Three months later in April, at a railway station, another blast caused injuries to civilians and significant property damage.

Patel was on an Interpol list of most wanted men for nearly two decades, until he was arrested at a house in Astley Street, Halliwell, in 2010.

He was arrested by the Metropolitan Police’s extradition unit on behalf of the Indian government for conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to cause explosions in relation to the market blast in Surat.


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A Home Office spokesman said: “Mohammed Patel has made further representations to the Secretary of State Theresa May. These are being thoroughly considered.”

Former Gujarat minister Mohammed Surti was sentenced to 20 years in jail in 2008 for his involvement in the Surat bombings.

The court found Surti guilty, along with 11 others, in connection with the grenade blast near Surat Railway Station.

The grenade blast rocked Surat after the deadly Mumbai serial blasts in March, 1993, which killed more than 200 people.

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