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No official proof of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's death in Taipei plane crash in 1945

Sougata Mukhopadhyay | News18

Updated: September 15, 2015, 9:43 AM IST
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No official proof of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's death in Taipei plane crash in 1945
In a letter to Netaji's family in 1949, the I&B Ministry had said that he could still be alive and the Indian intelligence agencies also knew about this.

The secret files related to freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose reveal that there is no official proof about his alleged death in Taipei plane crash in 1945.

In a letter to Netaji's family in 1949, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry had said that he could still be alive and the Indian intelligence agencies also knew about this.

According to the files accessed by CNN-IBN, British and American intelligence agencies did not believe that Bose died in a plane crash in 1945. The news was originally transmitted to the British Foreign Office from the British Embassy in Turkey and is reported to have been confirmed since from Anglo-American secret agents in the East.

Even four years after his reported death in a plane crash, British and American intelligence agencies thought that Bose was behind every communist uprising in South East Asia.

These agencies held that Bose was undergoing training in Russia to emerge as another former Yugoslavia president Josip Broz Tito, Bulgarian communist leader Georgi Mikhaylovich Dimitrov or the founding father of People's Republic of China Mao Tse-tung also known as Mao Zedong, when the Marxist hour struck India.

The best brains of the Anglo-American security services reportedly failed to provide slightest evidence in confirmation of the story of Bose's death in a plane crash and his subsequent cremation with full military honours in Tokyo.

The British government was rumoured to be very much perturbed over confidential information that came into its possession that Netaji, was alive and awaiting the right opportunity to return to his homeland.

The story of Netaji's death was based exclusively on a somewhat confusing statement made by chief of Netaji's personal staff General Habib-ur-Rahman. He claimed that he was with Bose when the plane crashed.

The report claimed that after giving various contradictory stories about the crash, Rahman, who later joined Pakistani raiders in Kashmir post independence, finally gave expression to his belief that Netaji was alive and would return.

West Bengal government has already said that 64 files on Bose will be made public on September 18 in Kolkata museum. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also said that the government will undertake the process of digitization of all files from 1937 to 1947.

The latest discoveries from the secret files which are soon to be declassified only intensify the conspiracy theory that Netaji may have lived beyond August 18, 1945. It also throws up the uncomfortable question as to why the Indian government, despite propagating the official story of the crash, never made any efforts to bring back Netaji's alleged remains from Tokyo and honour one of the bravest sons of this soil.

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