Papu Yadav helped me escape from airport: Kim Davy

Posted By: Biswajeet Panda
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New Delhi, April 29: As the secrets surrounding the infamous Purulia Arms Drop case is being unwrapped, fresh revelations by the prime accused Kim Davy has once again opened the lid off the murky world of Indian politics. Davy has now accused, Papu Yadav, as the Indian Member of Parliament who helped him escape from India.

Papu Yadav, a Bihar strongman is currently serving a life-imprisonment in Tihar jail for the murder of CPI-M MLA Ajit Sarkar. (Read: Pappu joins Hazare's movement from jail)

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.

But before the aircraft could fly out of the Indian airspace it was intercepted by the Indian Air Force and forced to land. Davy, who was in the aircraft, somehow managed to escape from the airport under mysterious circumstances.

The others in the aircraft; five Latvian citizens and Peter Bleach, an ex-Special Air Service operative and British intelligence officer were arrested.

After a trial, the six were sentenced to life-imprisonment, however, all of them were released subsequently.

Speaking to Times Now, Davy narrated the sequence of events that led to his escape. He said, "When the plane landed at the Mumbai airport at that time we were not surrounded by anybody, we were quite free. So since I was a bit nervous about what was going to happen, I slipped in the background and when I saw that the police started coming I slipped away from the airport. From there I went to Pune."

He added, "I stayed a night in Pune. From Pune I was told through my contacts with the MP (Yadav) that I should fly as soon as possible to Delhi and when I arrived at Delhi airport I was received in the MPs personal car and put in the backseat and driven to his official residence within the sight of the President's residential dome."

He went on to say, "At Pappu Yadav's home Mr JK Dutt arrived shortly afterwards and arranged for the transport by train that evening from Delhi to a very small train station that I could not see because I was packed in blankets. There another diplomatic or what should I say an official car was waiting, plus two other cars with AK-47 guards who then drove me directly from the platform of the station over the border into Nepal and dropped me at the bus depot on the Nepali side from where I escaped back to Denmark."

On the motive behind the operation, Davy replied, “It was against state sponsored Communist terror and violence perpetrated by CPI-(M)." He also alleged that India"s intelligence agency, the RAW, knew everything about the operation and had worked in tandem with British agency MI5.

J K Dutt, who has been named by Davy was the CBI's joint director then and led the probe into the Purulia arms drop case. He retired as the chief of the National Security Guards and also led the counter-attack in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.

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