Buddhadeb's letter to PM on Purulia armsdrop

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Thursday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for a judicial enquiry by a sitting Supreme Court judge to go into the Purulia armsdrop in 1995.

"In view of the importance of the case from the angle of national security and many unanswered questions, I would request you to immediately constitute a commission for judicial enquiry by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court," Bhattacharjee said in a letter to the Prime Minister.

"I would like to draw your attention to the disclosures in recent television interviews by two foreign nationals who were prime accused in this case implicating central government agencies in the conspiracy," he said recounting the dropping of a huge cache of arms from a plane on some villages in Purulia district on December 17, 1995.

"These revelations are extremely disturbing and dangerous for the stability and security of our country," he said, adding that there were 'too many' unanswered questions some of which may lead to 'dangerous conclusions'.

"The question that is agitating people's mind most is what the central government and its agencies were doing regarding this conspiracy," the chief minister said, recalling that the state police were alerted by central government agencies only after the incident.

"Obviously there occurred grave failure in country's security system in allowing a foreign plane loaded with illegal arms and foreign mercenaries to penetrate deep into Indian territory without being detected and confronted.

"I hope you will agree with this suggestion considering the grave nature of the case," the letter said.