London, Mar 4: In a major breakthrough in the 1993 Surat bomb blast case, the main accused has been arrested from a north England grocery store on Wednesday, Mar 3.
According to the spokesman of the Metropolitan Police, the Scotland Yard traced Mohammed Hanif Umerji Patel alias Tiger Hanif to the grocery store in Bolton and later arrested him from a house in Astley Street in Halliwell on Feb 16.
Hanif extradition to India will be decided in Westminister Magistrate Court, where Hanif is scheduled to appear before the court on Mar 25.
49-year-old Hanif, who is on the wanted list of police worldwide for the last 17 years, is at present remanded in custody.
The accused is wanted by the Indian authorities for his role in the Surat terror bombings in which an eight-year-old schoolgirl was killed and 12 others injured.
The twin blast was set off near Surat station and a school.