India expects long process in extradition of Dane accused of dropping arms in India

17:32, April 14, 2010      

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Denmark may take up to three months to extradite the alleged mastermind in the 1995 Purulia arms dropping case, Kim Peter Davy, to India, local media reported Wednesday quoting Home Ministry sources as saying.

The Purulia arms dropping case is referred to the drop of a large quantity of arms in a rebel-infested region in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal in 1995 by a plane hired by a British man and piloted by a Dane.

However, once extradited, Davy would serve his possible sentence in India itself, contrary to media reports from Copenhagen that the Danish government had agreed to his extradition on the condition that he would not get death penalty in the Purulia armsdrop case and would be sent back to Denmark to serve his possible sentence there, the unnamed sources told "The Economic Times".

Though India is said to have assured the Danes that death penalty would not be sought for Davy, the sources denied having agreed to his sentencing in Denmark.

A senior home ministry official told the newspaper that the Danish government had formally conveyed that Davy would be serving any possible sentence in India itself.

Davy was arrested by Danish authorities on Sunday for his alleged role in the 1995 Purulia arms dropping case.

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 Davy, who had hired the plane, mysteriously disappeared from 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.

"We are negotiating with the Danish authorities, His extradition process is on. He will be tried here," Indian Home Secretary G.K. Pillai had told the media.

Source: Xinhua


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