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Tribune

Article Summary   by:Hemant Kumar Sharma    
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Bose did not die in plane crash – Mukharjee Commission

In its report the Mukharjee commission on alleged disappearance of netaji Subhash Chandra Bose has asked that he did not die in a plane crash in 1945 and ashes found in Renkoji Temple in Japan was not that of Netaji and commission also concluded that in the absence of any clinching evidence a positive answer can not be given.
The government rejected the findings of the commission report.The government has not given any reason as to why it rejected the report.
The Minister of State for Home S. Regupathy said that govt.has examined the report tabled on November 8 last year and did not agree with the findings that Netaji did not die in a plane crash and that the ashes found in the temple of Japan was not of Netaji.
The commission has rejected various versions about Netaji’s death including that he was murdered at Red Fort ,New Delhi in 1945.On his death it said it stood established that Netaji succeeded in evading the Allied Force of World War II on August 1945 after emplaning at Saigon (Vietnam) and escaping out of their reach.
The report said that all the stories about the death of Netaji was engineered by the Japanese army authorities and then aired on august 23,1945.
The commission observed that in spite of repeated reminder the govt. has not produced some files and documents before it which could have been a great assistance in answering the questions.
The Mukharjee Comission was set up by the central govt. following directions by the Calcutta High Court in 1998 and a unanimous resolution by the West Bengal Assembly the same year demanding a fresh enquiry to remove the mystery regarding the whereabouts of Netaji.
The controversy over the death of Bose has surfaced after the announcement from Tokyo on August 23.1945 that Netaji had died in a plane crash on August 18,1945 the commission said observing “however,some press reports published from Tokyo and Thaihoku had given contradictory versions.”
Netaji’s brother S.C.Bose said that there was no plane crash that led to death of Netaji.
Another committee,headed by retired chief Justice of Punjab High Court G.D.Khosla,set up by the govt. 1970 had also concluded that he had died in a plane crash in Taipei and that his ashes had been taken to Tokyo.
Published: May 20, 2006   
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