Davy is main accused in 1995 Purulia armsdrop case

Central Bureau of Investigation Director Ashwani Kumar said here on Saturday that the agency was hopeful of securing the extradition of Danish citizen Kim Davy, the main accused in the 1995 Purulia armsdrop case.

Denmark had recently consented to India's extradition plea.

To file appeal

Pointing out that the CBI has been pursuing the case with Denmark since 2002, Mr. Kumar said though the extradition arrangement had been agreed upon, the CBI would have to file an appeal before the Danish judiciary to secure Davy's extradition.

“It is true that the entire process will not be an easy one. But since the judicial process in Denmark is not lengthy, we are hopeful of a speedy extradition,” he said at the inaugural function of a training module for press correspondents organised by the CBI.

A huge cache of arms and ammunition was dropped from an AN-26 aircraft in Purulia in West Bengal in December 1995. The destination of the consignment remains a mystery.

While the aircraft's Latvian crew and a British national, Peter Bleach, were arrested at Mumbai airport four days later, Davy managed to escape and was later traced to Denmark.

Replying to a scribe's question as to the status of the investigation on the theft of the Nobel medallion of Rabindranath Tagore in March 2004, Mr. Kumar said that while the case has been closed due to dearth of sufficient clues, it could be re-opened if more information was received.

Talking about the whereabouts of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, wanted in India for his involvement in the 1992 Mumbai blast case, Mr. Kumar said that Dawood was “very much on our radar” and since his name featured on the Interpol list, security agencies across several countries were searching for him.

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