India to reopen 14-year-old arms drop case after arrest of suspect in Denmark

18:17, April 13, 2010      

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After more than 14 years after a mysterious arms drop from a hired plane over the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, India is all set to reopen the case, known as the Purulia arms dropping case, following the arrest of a key suspect in Denmark, local daily the Indian Express said Tuesday.

The Purulia arms drop case was an infamous incident in which a large consignment of unauthorized arms were dropped from a Lativian aircraft in Purulia district in West Bengal in December 1995. The arms were found by local villagers who reported to the authorities.

After that, a British national named Peter Bleach was arrested for being the main architect of the entire exercise and later released on the request of the British government.

But another key suspect Kim Davy, a Dane who had hired the plane, mysteriously disappeared from the Mumbai international airport soon after the aircraft from which the arms were dropped in Purulia was grounded.

The case has remained unsolved since then, and India's interest is obviously in getting to know whom the consignment was meant for.

The extreme left-wing Naxal rebels are active in West Bengal.

With 47-year-old Davy's arrest on Sunday by the Danish authorities in Copenhagen, the Indian authorities will reopen the case and has been seeking his extradition from the Danish government, said the report.

"We are negotiating with the Danish authorities, His extradition process is on. He will be tried here," Indian Home Secretary G.K. Pillai was quoted as saying.

However, India may not be able to jail Davy if he is convicted in the case, as Denmark has agreed to extradite him only in exchange of an assurance from the Indian authorities that even if found guilty, the Danish national would have to be sent back to Denmark within three weeks to serve the sentence there.

Source: Xinhua


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