Prakash Karat writes to Manmohan Singh on Purulia arms drop

New Delhi/Kolkata, May 2 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) general secretary Prakash Karat has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh demanding a judicial enquiry by a sitting Supreme Court judge to unravel the ‘whole truth’ about the Purulia arms drop.


In his letter, Karat said: “We are writing to you regarding the Purulia arms drop in West Bengal which took place in December 1995. Recently two of the persons involved in the affair Niels Nielsen alias Kim Davy and Peter Bleach have been talking to the media and providing information and making some allegations regarding the arms drop and how it was planned.”


“You may be aware that Kim Davy is the prime accused in the case and whom the CBI is trying to get extradited to stand trial in India. However, the same person has provided some startling information on how he was able to escape from the Mumbai airport after the plane which was involved in the airdrop was intercepted and asked to land there,” Karat told the PM.


Karat wrote: “Though sixteen years have elapsed and some of the accused were sentenced in the trial conducted in a Kolkata court, much remains to be cleared up about this incident which was a serious assault on our country’s sovereignty and security.


“It concerns a conspiracy to unleash violence against the then elected state government of West Bengal. It is also a case which had international ramifications along with the role of an organisation like the Ananda Marg, which was once banned by the Government of India.”


“We, therefore think it is necessary to have a comprehensive probe into the whole affair. For this we request you to constitute a judicial enquiry by a sitting Supreme Court judge. Only such an enquiry can help to bring out the whole truth about the Purulia arms drop,” the CPI-M leader wrote in his letter.


West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Friday demanded a judicial probe into the air-drop of arms and ammunition in West Bengal’s Purulia district.


He accused the Centre for not alerting the state despite intelligence reports on the incident.


“On Dec 7, 1995, midnight, huge contingent of arms were air-dropped members of Ananda Marga. A precautionary mail from Delhi reached state home ministry a few days after the incident occurred. The letter, dated Dec 12, was sent from Delhi via regular post instead of an emergency one,” said Bhattacharjee in a statement.


Ananda Marga, organizationally known as Ananda Marga Pracaraka Samgha (AMPS), is a social and spiritual movement founded in Jamalpur, Bihar in 1955 by Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar.


“West Bengal government handed over the investigations to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The state police handed over all the modern arms to the CBI,” the CM said.


“Now the 16-year-old incident has resurfaced the media. Keeping in mind the seriously of the incident and internal security, I request the central government to allow judicial probe into the Purulia arms drop case,” Bhattacharjee said.


New disclosures from the two key people implicated in the 1995 operation to air-drop arms and ammunition in West Bengal to allegedly throw over the communist government in the state, rattled India on Thursday.


In an interview to news channel Times Now, Danish citizen, and the main accused in the case Niels Christian Nielsen a.k.a. Kim Peter Davy alleged that the entire operation was done with the implicit involvement of top powerbrokers of the then Congress-led government at the Centre.


He said the aim was to create an armed resistance in West Bengal against the ‘atrocities’ of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) against certain sections of people in the state and eventually overthrow them by imposing the President’s rule.


On the night of December 17, 1995 in West Bengal’s Purulia district, a large consignment of arms, including several hundred AK-47 rifles, anti-tank weapons and ammunition were dropped from a Latvian aircraft coming from Bulgaria through Pakistan.


The small aircraft, which needs refuelling after about every 1,000 kms with full payload, managed to fly in and out of the country but was then intercepted by the Indian Air Force a few days later as it attempted to fly back through India.

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