London: In a significant victory, a court in London has agreed to extradite wanted terrorist Tiger Hanif to India.
Hanif is wanted by the Indian authorities in connection with a terror bombings in Surat in Gujarat which killed an eight-year-old schoolgirl and left 12 others wounded.
As per reports, he is a close associate of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and used to look after the gangster’s operations in Gujarat – smuggling of drugs and arms from Pakistan. He is also said to be have links with the Lashkar-e-Toiba.
After the terror attack in 1993, Indian police issued a Red Corner notice for him through Interpol, which activated a worldwide hunt for the suspect.
Hunted by police worldwide for over 17 years, 49-year-old Mohammed Hanif Umerji Patel alias Tiger Hanif was traced to the grocery store in Bolton by Scotland Yard and later arrested from a house in Astley Street in Halliwell on February 16.
Hanif’s extradition is important as it would help Indian security establishment help decode the link between the D-company and Lashkar-e-Toiba.
1993 Surat twin bombings
Former Gujarat minister Mohammed Surti was sentenced to 20 years in jail in 2008 for his involvement in the bombings.
Surti was found guilty, along with 11 others, in connection with the grenade blast near Surat railway station.
The second blast happened near Sadhna School in Varacha area of Surat, killing the eight-year-old.
The grenade blast rocked Surat after the deadly Mumbai serial blasts in March in which more than 200 people were killed.