Ahead of the visit of Danish Prime Minister Mette Fredriksen, India on Thursday said that it is in talks with Denmark on the issue of extradition of Kim Davy, the main accused in the 1995 Purulia arms drop case.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said the visit of the Danish PM from Saturday is “very important” as it is the first visit by a head of state or head of government since the COVID restrictions.
He said the visit would provide an opportunity to review the Green Strategic Partnership.
Asked about the issue of Davy’s extradition, Bagchi said, “We are focusing on it.” It has been on the agenda. We have raised this in the past and we have been engaged with Denmark on this issue and we are having discussions on this subject.”
Asked whether it would come up for discussion between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Danish counterpart, Bagchi said, “I don’t want to pre-determine before the talks take place.”
India has been demanding that Davy be extradited from Denmark to face trial in the sensational case.
The case pertains to the downing of arms and ammunition by an AN-26 aircraft in Purulia district of West Bengal on the night of December 17, 1995. The consignment contained hundreds of AK-47 rifles, pistols, anti-tank grenades, rocket launchers and more. According to investigators, thousands of rounds of ammunition.
Danish Prime Minister Fredriksson will be visiting India from October 9-11 and is scheduled to hold talks with Modi on Saturday.
On the issues surrounding the World War II oil tank farm in Sri Lanka’s Trincomalee, a major India-Lanka economic partnership link for decades, Bagchi said that there have been various agreements on oil tank farms and this is an issue that India is equally concerned with. attaches importance as much as it does to other economic projects.
On US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman’s visit to India, Bagchi said bilateral cooperation and regional security situation were discussed during the visit. He said views on China, Russia and Iran were also shared in different contexts.
When asked about the issues of human rights and democratic values being repeatedly raised by the US side in bilateral meetings, he said, “We are fellow democracies, the presence in the Quad indicates. I would propose a counter to say that That it is natural to discuss, uphold and expose democracy.”
“You heard the PM speaking in detail in the UN General Assembly statement that democracy can deliver. This is something we can do by working together to be an example of how we can benefit other parties, especially in the Info-Pacific region. So I don’t see it at all as it is being told… it is a matter of pride and value for both the countries and we should naturally speak about shared values.”