Three British Sikhs were arrested in the UK on suspicion of a murder conspiracy in India dating back to 2009, according to British police.
The arrests followed Monday morning raids on extradition warrants carried out by the West Midlands police and all three were granted bail at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London under “strict conditions”.
“Three men were arrested on Monday (21 December) by West Midlands police following extradition warrants issued by Westminster magistrates,” West Midlands police said in a statement.
“Two men, aged 37 and 40, were arrested in Coventry and a 38-year-old man was arrested in Wolverhampton. They were arrested on conspiracy charges for a murder in India in 2009,” the statement read.
The trio is now expected to undergo proceedings to be extradited to India, with some separatist Sikh groups in the UK claiming that an order for such proceedings was signed by Interior Minister Priti Patel.
The Sikh Press Association issued a statement on behalf of the arrested men and said they were being held in connection with the 2009 murder of Rulda Singh, a senior member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), who was killed in Patiala and is died a week after the attack. He also says the development is linked to British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab’s visit to India earlier this year.
“If the three were extradited, they would almost certainly be tortured and would have no chance of a fair trial,” said Bhai Amrik Singh, president of the UK Sikh Federation.