Purulia arms drop: more than meets the eye

Plot to unsettle Left Govt in W. Bengal?

The dust from the Purulia arms drop case remained settled for more than a decade. But recent sensational revelations have blown out the dumped case like a thick smoke in our political circles. It defines moral decadence of our polity. No one in his wildest dream could have ever thought that our political leaders can fall to such levels as to import arms illegally to unseat a state government. This is the truth if we believe what Kim Davy has said in an exclusive interview to Times Now TV on 28 April.   

Kim Davy, the prime accused in 1995 Purulia arms drop case, said that the entire operation was masterminded by people within the Narasimha Rao government in order to destabilise the then Jyoti Basu leftist regime in West Bengal. He claimed that RAW was at that point of time, at the behest of the Indian government, overseeing the controversial arms drop. Davy alleged that not only RAW knew about the arms drop months in advance but it also approved of it months in advance.

The big question is: can we think about the Indian intelligence services to have acted in such a manner? If we go by the past record, it is equally painful to say that anything is possible. All that talk on war-against-terror and defending our borders and air space looks like drum beat only for sensational publicity. Former RAW officer B Raman said in an interview that an aircraft that breached and violated the norms of our airspace across the country from Karachi and halted for a while in Varansi for refuelling and then dropped arms and ammunition in Purulia, then moved out of India to Thailand despite prior information of its purpose and flight direction, was certainly a shameful act in the history of Indian intelligence.

There are too many questions that need to be answered: 1. Why the RAW, which was tipped off by the British Intelligence Agency (M15) about the arms air drop, failed to pass on the information to the Intelligence Bureau in a usual manner? 2. Why the slowest possible means of communication (registered mail) was used to send such an important information to Kolkata? 3 Why the IAF did not make an attempt to stop the carrier despite intelligence input from Britain on three occasions? 4. Why did Kim Davy wait for 16 years to come with detail of this conspiracy theory? 5. Was Bleach pardoned after eight years under international pressure? 6 Why the Bajpayee government released Bleach in February 2004 without conducting a proper inquiry, hold trial and take the case to its logical conclusion inspite of the fact that Bleach was charged with treason and conspiracy against the Indian State? 7. Why the Indian Air Force radar was switched off that night when arms cache was dropped.

Dharini Mishra, spokesperson of CBI, refuted the charge made by Kim Davy and others by saying: “During the investigation by CBI in the Purulia arms dropping case, no evidence whatsoever came to light that any government agency helped Neils Holck alias Kim Davy in his crime by way of commission or omission...No evidence of any Indian politician helping him in his escape came to light.”

A CBI team is likely to leave for Denmark soon to streamline the process of extradition of Purulia arms drop case prime accused Kim Davy to India for further investigation.

Communist leaders like Prakash Karat and A B Bardhan in a letter to the prime minister demanded a judicial inquiry by a sitting Supreme Court judge to unravel the truth behind this conspiracy. They said, “It concerns a conspiracy to incite violence against the then elected government of West Bengal. It has also international ramifications along with the role of an organisation like the Ananda Marg once banned by the Government of India.” The big question is: can we ever know the truth behind the controversy? (For more on Purulia arms drop case see MG (16-31 December 2010) or visit    

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 May 2011 on page no. 5

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