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‘Purulia armsdrop was orchestrated by Congress’

Speaking exclusively to the Millennium Post from Denmark over telephone on Saturday, Davy said: “I want the new Indian government to reveal all ‘confidential documents’ on the sensational ‘Purulia Arms Drop case’ that has been held back by the PMO for more than 13 years. Why is the new government sitting on those documents?” 

On December 17, 1995, a huge consignment of illegal arms including hundreds of AK-47 rifles, pistols, anti-tank grenades, rocket launchers and over 25,000 rounds of ammunition, were dropped from an Antonov An-26 aircraft in a remote Purulia district in West Bengal. He claims that it was a conspiracy of the ruling government in 1995 along with the RAW and MI5 to corner all the opposition leaders and their sympathizers in Bengal and Bihar with ‘fire power’.

The crew of the aircraft consisted of five Latvian citizens and Peter Bleach, a British citizen, was arrested but released on 2004 following a Presidential pardon.

Davy also claimed that he received assurances from the Indian government on his safety and return to Denmark. He further alleged that  MP Pappu Yadav, who was in touch with late Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao, promised his safe exit from India. “Even one of the Interpol officers described me as a scapegoat in his report and it is with the Indian government,” he added, while claiming that he was almost certain that the arms were not meant for insurgence or Maoists.

When asked what prompted his recce to Purulia in West Bengal before the ‘arms drop’ was planned, he said: “I used to work with an NGO.  Not only me, there were several other international NGOs who were working there to set up ‘Ananda Nagar’, a central global master unit of Ananda Marga Pracharaka Sangha. Then CPI (M) leaders killed and looted several homes of Ananda Margis. My girlfriend was also attacked and her skull was fractured. 

She was rushed to Calcutta and nursed back to health by Mother Teresa. These CPI (M) leaders did the same thing in Tripura. It is a bigger conspiracy and needs to be probed.”

“It was an act of revenge and the arms was meant to kill those people who engineered terror activities in 1989. Now it is up to the new NDA government in India to reveal all the confidential documents instead of questioning my involvement in the case. I have said enough and now it is for the Indian government to speak,” he said.

When asked to comment on the current status of his case, Davy said, “I am following the developments (election) very closely . All I want from the new government to bring the confidential papers in the public domain .” “People should know what happened and how it happened and who are people behind it?” Davy said.

There are many theories behind the mysterious Purulia arms dropping case. Some claims that it was meant for Ananda Marga, a religious group, to wanted to oust the Communist government in West Bengal, while some claim that it was meant for Bangladesh Army, when Begum Khaleda Zia was the Prime Minister.

In 1995, the cargo plane (Antonov An-26 aircraft) took off from Gatwick Airport in London with four tons of weapons undetected. They almost had a crash landing at Isfahan in Iran but nothing much happened and flew to Karachi in Pakistan — unchallenged for few days in the tarmac.
Then they flew to Varanasi, where they refueled the aircraft and then flew to Purulia, where they air-dropped the consignment and left for Phuket in Bangkok. Mysteriously, Davy’s return route was via India but after few days when it entered the Indian airspace, his aircraft was forced to land in Mumbai by the Indian Air Force.

Bleach and the five other Lativian crew members were arrested but Davy escaped from the Mumbai’s runway. Then all of them were sentenced to life imprisonment but they were released in 2004 allegedly under the pressure from the Russian and British governments.

In 2001, Davy was traced to Denmark and since then Indian agencies are trying to get him back to India for further probe. Recently, CBI has initiated a fresh process seeking early extradition of Davy.
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