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Purulia Arms Drop “Key Conspirator” On Extradition, Says Danish Envoy

Purulia weapon drop case: India has been demanding the extradition of Kim Davy from Denmark. (file)

New Delhi:

Danish Ambassador Freddy Sven on Saturday said that the judiciary of India and Denmark is looking into the issue related to the demand for extradition of Kim Davy. Davy is the “principal conspirator” in the 1995 Purulia Arms Drops case.

The Danish envoy’s remarks came when asked whether the issue was raised during a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Danish counterpart Mette Fredriksen.

“The judiciary on both sides (India and Denmark) is looking into it. We will leave it to them. They are extremely capable and know how to handle such things,” Swain told ANI.

The ambassador said he would not go into the issue and that “an agreement was reached years ago”.

On 17 December 1995, a large consignment of illegal arms, including AK-47 rifles and ammunition from An Antonov An-26 aircraft, was scattered over Purulia district of West Bengal. According to investigators, Kim Davey is the main accused in this case.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said during the weekly briefing earlier this week that India is in talks with Denmark on the issue of extradition of Kim Davy.

In response to a question, Bagchi had said, “We are focusing on that.

India has been demanding Davy’s extradition from Denmark.

Swain said the focus was on the Green Strategic Partnership during the bilateral meeting between Danish Prime Minister Mette Fredriksen and PM Modi. The two sides also discussed developments related to Afghanistan.

“The talks focused on the Green Strategic Partnership, a diplomatic innovation that we haven’t seen anywhere else in the world and before the upcoming climate summit. We also touched on issues like Afghanistan,” Swain said.

He also mentioned concerns about climate change and livelihoods.

“What’s your major concern? I think a lot of people around the world would say climate but also livelihoods. And we know that without an economy without trade, we can’t buy materials effectively. So in that context we Also discussed free trade and EU-India cooperation,” Swain said.

The Prime Minister of Denmark is on a three-day visit to India. This is India’s first head of state or head of government since the restrictions were imposed in the wake of COVID-19.

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