India has decided to make fresh efforts for the extradition of Kim Davy, the prime accused in the Purulia arms drop case, after a Danish court turned down a plea for sending him here to face trial in the 17-year-old case.
The decision was taken after Union Home Secretary R K Singh discussed the issue of extradition of Kim Davy to India with Indian Ambassador to Denmark Ashok Attri last week.
"It was decided that the case should be pursued vigorously with the Danish government to extradite Davy to India at the earliest," a home ministry official said.
The case relates to an incident on the night of December 17, 1995, when an AN-26 aircraft dropped arms and ammunition in West Bengal's Purulia district. The consignment had hundreds of AK-47 rifles, pistols, anti-tank grenades, rocket launchers and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
Five Latvians and British national Peter Bleach were arrested in connection with the case. Davy, a Danish citizen and the prime accused in the case, had managed to escape.
Since then, the Indian government has been pursuing the case for his extradition to India with the Danish government.
The extradition order was passed by the Danish government on April 9, 2010. However, Davy approached a local court challenging the order of the Danish government. The court set aside the extradition order.