Danish citizen Kim Davy alias Niels Holck has reportedly confessed to having masterminded the December 1995 Purulia arms drop conspiracy before a five-judge bench of the Danish high court.
On December 17, 1995 an aircraft dropped a huge cache of sophisticated arms over villages of Purulia district in West Bengal. The aircraft was identified and forced to land at Mumbai’s Sahar airport. Five Latvian crew members along with arms dealer Peter Bleach was arrested in connection with the case, but key conspirator Davy managed to disappear from the airport.
Davy (49), wanted in the case by the CBI, said he had orchestrated the dropping of the arms and ammunitions — including over 300 AK 47s — to fight the then communist government in West Bengal, according to an agency source. The source said, Davy told the court, “I have been honest with the court. I did what I did. When I was a young man if you saw the sign of a hammer and a sickle, you knew it, communism, denoted something evil. My fight was against the evil and it was a political crime.”
Davy, according to the source, said: “It is up to this court to decide today if I should be judged in medieval Indian courts or by Danish court’s standards.”
Davy’s voluntary admission of his crimes on May 19 in a Danish high court — which is expected to pass a judgment in July on his extradition to India as per a 2009 order of the Danish Justice ministry — might strengthen the CBI’s case.
The confession came after the court directed Davy to record his “final statement” at the end of the proceedings.
According to the source, the Danish prosecutor said, “There is no lack of evidence on what he (Davy) did… It is up to the Indian court to decide on his guilt. Davy should get prosecuted, Denmark cannot become a sanctuary for terrorists.” Countering Davy’s plea that West Bengal jails might be vindictive towards him because he had acted against the then communist government, the prosecutor informed the court that the Communist Party of India (Marxist) had been replaced.
The Danish prosecutor, assisted by a CBI team led by deputy inspector general Arun Bothra, pointed out to the court that Davy was wanted in five countries for offences, including smuggling and robbery.