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15 years after escape, Purulia accused held

delhi Updated: Apr 13, 2010 00:29 IST
Abhishek Sharan

The elusive Kim Peter Davy, alleged kingpin of the Purulia arms drop case, was arrested by the Denmark police on Friday, 15 years after escaping from police custody, said investigators here. He will be extradited to India shortly.

The 49-year-old Dane, whose real name is Niels Christian Nielsen, is wanted for masterminding the dropping of illegal arms in Purulia, West Bengal on December 17, 1995.

“Kim Davy is the most crucial accused person in the Purulia case,” said a dossier given by the Central Bureau of Investigation to the Danish authorities and the Interpol.

The shipment dropped by Davy and his accomplices included 300 AK-47s, 100 anti-tank grenades and 10 rocket propelled grenade launchers — all bought from a Bulgarian firm.

Retired major general Mohammed Shubid Ali Bhuiyan, then principal staff officer to Bangladeshi prime minister Begum Khaleda Zia, authorized the purchase.

No know knows whom the arms were meant for. Anand Marg, a group of saffron-clad members, which was banned from practicing or preaching its teachings for many years, once headed the list of suspected recipients.

But the investigators were never convinced. “There are many missing links to unravel the international conspiracy… we have to find out the real end users of the arms,” the CBI said in its dossier.

Davy’s plane — a Russian transport aircraft — was force landed by Indian Air Force in Mumbai. But he managed to give his captors the slip four days later. And that was the last seen of him.

Seven other persons, including British national Peter Bleach and five Latvians, were arrested, tried and sentenced guilty. The seventh was an Indian, Vinay Singh. The foreigners were later released on Presidential pardon.