No Politician Link with Purulia Accused: CBI

New Delhi/Kolkata
No Politician Link with Purulia Accused: CBI
CBI today said there was no evidence to back Purulia arms drop case accused Kim Davy's charge that the 1995 incident had the nod of the political forces at the Centre at that time to destabilize Jyoti Basu government in West Bengal even as CPIM) demanded a judicial probe into the whole issue.

Home Minister P Chidambaram said the Centre will soon come out with a "detailed response" on the allegation that the case was aimed at "destabilising" the then West Bengal government.

The agency said it has "clinching" evidence against alleged "act of terror" by Davy, the mastermind, and is making all efforts to bring him to India to face trial in the case.

"CBI has clinching evidence against Kim Davy and has elaborate details about the manner in which he carried out the Purulia arms drop. There is no evidence that any government agency or Indian politician helped him," CBI spokesperson Dharini Mishra said in New Delhi.

The official said that, on the contrary, intelligence agencies helped the CBI in a big way to collect evidence against him and his co-accused persons.

"During the investigation, a laptop belonging to the accused was seized by CBI. It contains more than 50,000 pages wherein Kim Davy has given elaborate details about his plan and preparation of the crime. This is clinching evidence against him. Nowhere has he mentioned any thing about any likely help from any Indian official agency," she said.

Davy had claimed to a TV channel that the then P V Narasimha Rao government had plotted the operation to destabilize the West Bengal government by arming locals in the state.

He had also claimed that India's external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) planned the operation with the help of its British counterpart MI-5 on the Centre's directions.

"CBI is making all efforts to bring him (Davy) to India. CBI has been able to establish in Indian court and to Danish Government that Davy's crime is tantamount to act of terror," she said in the statement.

CBI had registered the case on December 28, 1995. An Interpol Red Corner Notice was issued against Kim Davy in 1996 in the request of the agency. Davy was traced in Copenhagen in Denmark.

"Sincere efforts have been made by CBI to extradite him (Davy), but as there is no Extradition Treaty between Indian and Denmark, the process has taken time.

"Due to persistent efforts by CBI and External Affairs Ministry, the Government of Denmark has been convinced about his role in offences committed in India and had agreed to extradite him. The matter is now in the Danish High Court," the agency said.

High level Union government sources said yesterday Davy's claim is "far fetched" and a "tactic to complicate" the process of his extradition from Denmark since the CBI is making all out efforts to bring him back to India.

A lower court in Denmark has ordered the extradition of Niels Christien Nielsen alias Kim Davy to India following which he approached the higher court in that country, challenging the lower court order.

CPI-M General Secretary Prakash Karat said, "All investigations at that time showed that this was a conspiracy which had international ramifications and an internal dimension. It was a political game to destabilize the Left Front government."

He said the government should explain why no action was taken to stop arms dropping after the British intelligence had informed them and this was confirmed by Peter Bleach (who was sentenced in the case).

Chidambaram said, "I have been told that a detailed response is being prepared to be issued on behalf of the Government. May be it will be issued later today or tomorrow. Detailed response is under preparation, that is what I have been told."

In Kolkata, Bhattacharjee came out with a statement asking the Centre to order a judicial probe.

"A political conspiracy has been exposed in the media behind the arms drop 16 years ago. And in this context and in the interest of internal security and the gravity of the incident therein, I demand a judicial probe," the chief minister said.

Recalling the dropping of a huge cache of arms from a plane "meant for the Anandmargis" in Purulia at midnight on December 17, 1995, the chief minister said, "An alert message from the Union home ministry reached the state home department a few days after the incident.

"The Central alert of December 12 was dispatched to Kolkata from Delhi by ordinary mail in a very casual manner. No advance wireless message was sent to the state on an urgent basis considering the gravity of the situation. The mail reached after the armsdrop in Purulia," said Bhattacharjee.

He said the state government handed over responsibility of the inquiry to the CBI considering the gravity of the incident.

"All seized sophisticated arms were handed over to the CBI by the state police. All the seized arms since the days of inquiry were in the custody of the CBI," he added.

Left Front chairman Biman Bose, who also demanded a judicial inquiry, said the ruling combine will highlight the alleged Purulia armsdrop 'conspiracy' against its government as the main plank of its campaign in the remaining three phases of the assembly election.

In a statement, he said the district units had been asked to project the armsdrop 'conspiracy' angle in their areas where elections had not been held and also where they had been held.

"Rallies and street meetings will be organized today and tomorrow all over the state by the Left Front protesting against the conspiracy to oust the Front government and demanding probe to unravel the face of the conspirators," Bose said.

"The arms were dropped for supplying to the Anandamargis to wage a violent movement against the CPI-M and the new expose revealed that the Centre was in the knowledge of the conspiracy as well as the Indian intelligence," Bose said.

Bose alleged that leaders of the ruling Congress at the Centre were "involved" in the anti-Left Front conspiracy at that time "and the purpose was to remove the democratically-elected Front government and impose President's rule in the state".

"Concerted attempts are still being made by internal and foreign forces to dislodge the Left Front government in West Bengal," he claimed.
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