New Delhi: CPI(M) on Friday demanded a judicial
probe into Purulia arms drop case alleging "gross negligence"
of the then central government in handling the same which was
meant to destabilise the the Jyoti Basu government in West
The party also demanded that former MP Pappu Yadav should
be interrogated as accused Kim Davy has told a news channel
that he had helped him escape from the country.
"We are not pointing fingers at anyone in the government.
But the then central government had been grossly negligent in
dealing with the information provided by British intelligence
agencies about arms dropping," party General Secretary Prakash
Karat told reporters here.
"There has to be an inquiry by a sitting judge of the
Supreme Court into the circumstances of the arms drop in
Purulia and to uncover the network responsible," he said.
All investigations at that time showed that this was a
conspiracy which had international ramifications and an
internal dimension. It was a political game to destabilise the
Left Front government, he alleged.
Karat said the government should explain why no action
was taken to stop arms dropping after the British intelligence
had informed them and this was confirmed by Peter Bleach (who
was sentenced in the case).
He said Purulia arms drop was one of the "most serious
instances" of an assault on the country`s sovereignty and the
investigations and the court trial had proved that the arms
were meant for the Ananda Marg which was planning to use it to
"foment violence to destabilise" the Left Front government.
"The revelations by Niels Christian Nielsen alias Kim
Davy, who is still absconding, and Peter Bleach who was
sentenced in the case, have raised new questions," he said.
"Kim Davy has given specific details of how he had
escaped from the Mumbai airport and reached Nepal. He has
named Pappu Yadav as the person who assisted him. It should be
noted that the same Pappu Yadav is in jail serving a life
sentence for the murder of CPI(M) MLA Ajit Sarkar," he said.
"The existence of the Left Front government in West
Bengal has been anathema for many domestic and international
forces. At present too, the spectre of violence is being used
to destabilize the Left Front government.
"Even the Union Home Minister had recently talked of
the killing fields in Bengal and blamed CPI(M) for it. On the
other hand, the Maoist violence is being aided and supported
by Trinamool Congress which is part of the Congress-led
government at the Centre," he said.