Purulia Arms Drop exposure brews up a political storm

Posted By: Biswajeet Panda
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New Delhi, April 28: A fresh storm has raised its head in the murky world of Indian politics after a news channel showed footages of prime accused in the Purulia Arms drop scandal indicting the then central government for the scandal.

After the expose carried out by Times Now, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) in a statement said, "The latest revelations on the arms drop are further confirmation of the fact that there was a well planned conspiracy to use violence to destabilize the Left Front at that time."

It added, "It was known at that time that the British intelligence had alerted the Indian government about the arms drop. Yet, the central government failed to inform the West Bengal Government about the matter in time. Even as early as 1990, according to a home minister's statement, there were reports of the Ananda Marg arranging for arms to be brought from abroad. Still the matter was not taken seriously."

The party also asked the central government to explain as to why it failed to act on the information given by the British intelligence agencies. It said, "It should also explain how Kim Davy (escaped) from the Mumbai airport at that time. Further, the government has shown no urgency in getting Davy extradited from Denmark to stand trial. Was any central government agency complicit in the operation? The Purulia arms drop was a serious assault on India's sovereignty and a diabolical plot against an elected government."

It can be recalled that the Purulia arms drop case was an incident in which unauthorised arms were dropped from an Antonov An-26 aircraft in Purulia district of West Bengal on 17 December 1995.

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