Denmark has a long tradition of being politically active when it comes to Human Rights. It has established Danish Institute for Human Rights. Denmark is also home to Niels Christian Nielsen aka Niels Holck aka Kim Peter Davy, who India alleges to be the kingpin of Purulia arms drop case. Ironically, Kim Davey is said to be a member of Ānanda Mārga, an institution which dabbles in propogation of peace. Kim Davey’s involvement is evident as India has recovered a laptop belonging to the accused which contains more than 50,000 pages wherein Kim Davy has given elaborate details about his plan and preparation of the crime.
The Purulia Arms Dropping Case was registered by Indian investigation agency CBI on 28th December, 1995. Red Corner Notice against Kim Davy was issued in 1996. With the help of Interpol, India traced him in Copenhegen. Efforts have been made by CBI to extradite him, but as there is no Extradition Treaty between India and Denmark. Due to persistent efforts by CBI and MEA, the Govt. of Denmark has been convinced about his role in offences committed in India and had agreed to extradite him.
However, a City Court ruled against the extradition on November 1, 2010, under an appeal by the accused. Subsequently, the Eastern Court in Denmark upheald the City Courts verdict on June 30, when Danish Government appealed. On July 7, 2011, Danish Director of Public Prosecution announced the decision not to appeal to Supreme Court for extradition. The grounds cited by the Danish Court as the basis for its decision; included possible violation of human rights in police and prison custody in India and the fact that India has not ratified the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. This is ironic, as Ajmal Kasab, a Pakistani terrorist, who waged a war against India, has been treated better than Indian government treats its own. Interestingly, three top Danish law firms, hired by India to pursue its case against Davy, have suggested that there are enough provisions to appeal in the Supreme Court against the lower court order.
Denmark’s obsession with human rights is understandable and appreciated, however, the country needs to understand the contribution of Kim Davy in propagation of terrorism and negative effects on human rights by protecting him on frivolous grounds. Denmark is also alleged to be one of the most racist European country. It appears that for Denmark, Kim Davy requires human rights and the lakhs of poor rural Indian’s who have been killed, maimed and suffered due to Kim Davy’s action do not require human rights. Kim air-dropped sophisticated arms – including AK-47 assault rifles — and ammunition in West Bengal’s Purulia district on December 17, 1995. The huge cache of arms has resulted in proliferation of illegal, sophisticated firearms in Bihar and eastern UP leading to bloody gang wars. The incident makes Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) look like an international human rights scam.
Indian government has asked its ministries to not entertain Danish diplomats and termed Danish attitude as “racist,” and “against all civilized norms.” Denmark has signed many UN Conventions and it will be interesting to see if the country honors them or makes a mockery of it and civilized world.