This post came about after meeting a couple of Danes who claimed that Danes were being singled out for ‘special treatment’ by the Indians whenever they applied for visas to India. Later I found out that the Danish Government has been harassing legitimate Indian tourists and businessmen travelling to their country, often rejecting their visa applications.
On December 17, 1995, a Russian plane with a Latvian crew and passengers that included a British arms dealer and a Danish smuggler flew over West Bengal, dropped 2,500 AK-47 weapons and 1,500,000 rounds of ammunition over five villages in the Purulia district and took off for Thailand.
The five Latvians and the Briton (Peter Bleach) were arrested when they landed back in India and they spent many years in a Kolkata prison. The Dane (Kim Davy) evaded arrest and disappeared, resurfaced in Denmark and eventually defeated Indian attempts to extradite him.
- The five Latavians were released from jail in 2000 on the insistence of President Putin.
- The Britisher, Peter Bleach, released from a Kolkata prison suffering from TB on intervention by the British Government in 2004.
- The Dane, Kim Davies/Davy aka Neils Christian Nielsen aka Neils Holck with at least 36 aliases and 15 passports over a ten-year period, is rescued by the Danish government during court proceedings for extradition to India.
Peter Bleach claims he was a double agent for MI5.
There are many questions that are left unanswered:
Were the arms for
- the Anand Margis?
- for locals to rise up against the communists state government in West Bengal.
- for the Kachin rebels in Burma?
Why had Bangladeshi Major-General Mohammed Shubid Ali Bhuiyan (allegedly) signed the two end-user certificates, required for international arms deals in his capacity as the PSO of the Armed Forces Division of the office of the then prime minister of Bangladesh, Begum Khaleda Zia?
The intelligence agencies involved were MI5, RAW (India), Interpol, and Danish. It is alleged that the Dane, Kim Davy was actually working for the CIA.
The book The Night It Rained Guns Unravelling the Purulia Arms Drop Conspiracyby journalist Chandan Nandy and the documentary The Arms Drop by Andreas Koefoed takes the reader and viewers through the labyrinth of intrigue but never pins the tail on the donkey.
Conspiracy theorists claim that the then Central Government of India headed by the Congress Party had ‘planned’ the arms drop to destabilise the State Government of West Bengal which was Communist at that time. This is debunked by all intel agencies ‘involved’.
We will never know the truth.