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UK official meets Bleach in jail

Calcutta, Sept. 3: British high commissioner to India Sir Rob Young visited Peter Bleach, convicted in the Purulia armsdrop case, at Presidency jail today.

Spending about an hour with Bleach, Young (picture by Amit Dutta above) discussed “various aspects” of the case Bleach is fighting for release.

The British national recently contracted tuberculosis. “I visited him because of the illness he is suffering. This is my first trip to Calcutta since he has developed TB,” Young said.

The British government has been seeking Bleach’s release “for over a year” and “continues to press the case” with the illness adding “urgency” to the talks. “I have made it clear to Bleach that we have drawn attention of the Indian government to his state of health,” Young added.

The case has come up, the high commissioner said, “at every ministerial meeting” with Indian officials, who have so far responded in the “negative”.

“You will have to ask the Indian government why,” Young said.

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