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Gumnami Baba?s belongings safe in govt custody

THOSE WHO think that Gumnami Baba was actually Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose may feel delighted to know that UP Government has 24 big boxes that contain Gumnami Baba?s personal belongings. All these 24 boxes are secured under double locks put by Faizabad Treasury.

india Updated: May 26, 2006 01:33 IST

THOSE WHO think that Gumnami Baba was actually Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose may feel delighted to know that UP Government has 24 big boxes that contain Gumnami Baba’s personal belongings. All these 24 boxes are secured under double locks put by Faizabad Treasury.

The controversy that rose after Baba’s death that he was actually Netaji had galvanized the then administration to take possession of all the articles of personal use of Baba’s into its custody. The articles in the boxes include round frame spectacles, Belgian typewriters, many newspapers of pre-independence and post-independence time with Baba’s comments scribbled on them, boxes full of books of international relevance, several books gifted by ‘sister’, cigars from Germany and Italy, and some huge-size family photographs.

Soon after Baba’s death in 1985, a Bengali woman came to Faizabad to claim the articles as Netaji’s successor. However, the landlord of Shakti Bhawan, the secret dwelling place of Baba, refused to hand over the articles to her. And after this the version that Baba was actually Netaji spread and grew strong.

Later, all the articles were handed over to the then administration. Following this the woman filed a case in Calcutta HC, and since then all the articles was declared the property of Calcutta HC.

In 1999, the Centre constituted Mukherjee Commission, and taking the version seriously, the Commission’s officers visited Faizabad and wanted to have a look of the articles. However, they were refused that without court’s permission no one will be allowed to do so. HC permitted the commission members to have a look at the articles. It is alleged that when the members saw and examined the articles, some of them touched those articles to their head as mark of reverence.

All the articles are kept properly under double lock by Faizabad Treasury
at the Shakti Bhawan itself.