Purulia: Buddhadeb Bhattacharya wants judicial probe

Kolkata, Apr 29 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) 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 in 1995.


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.


Left Front Chairman Biman Bose also echoed Bhattacharjee and said: “The motive behind the Purulia arms drop was to overthrow the ruling Left Front government in West Bengal. The arms were dropped so that Ananda Margis can resort to violence against the government.”


“Central ministers were linked to this political conspiracy. They wanted to declare President’s Rule in West Bengal.  Only judicial probe can reveal the real conspirators behind this incident,” he said.


Bose also announced that rallies and demonstrations will be held by the Left across the state against the Purulia arms drop on Saturday.


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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