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Netaji family wants Govt to accept report

Members of Subhas Bose's family welcomed the report of Mukherjee Commission saying its inquiry was "very independent and unbiased".

india Updated: May 27, 2006 19:16 IST

The UPA Government should reverse its decision rejecting the MK Mukherjee Inquiry Commission's recommendations and make efforts to secure classified documents from the UK and Russia on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, members of his family said on Friday.

Pointing out that as per the Official Secrets Act, classified documents on Netaji would be declassified only in 2020, his nephew Subrata Bose told a press conference "the government should make all-out efforts to secure the classified documents from the UK and the erstwhile KGB, which have secret information on Netaji."

He also demanded that the Government lift the official status given to the Renkoji Temple in Tokyo where the alleged ashes of Netaji were kept and stop providing it monetary aid.

He regretted that the view of Krishna Bose, wife of Netaji's nephew late Sisir Bose, did not match that of the Bose family.

"Netaji does not belong to any particular family. He belongs to the entire nation," he said.

"We do agree with the Mukherjee Commission's findings that Netaji did not die in the plane crash in 1945," he said.

The press conference was attended by Netaji's sister in-law Lalita Bose, nephews Subrata, Pradip and Dwrakanath, nieces Mira Ray, Gita Biswas, Roma Ray, Chitra Ghosh, Shila Sengupta and Mamata Choudhury.

Bose, however, claimed that the revelations of the Mukherjee Commission were not new, and cited various documents to buttress his point.

He said the government documents of 1946 also recorded the same facts, saying that Netaji did not die in the Taihoku plane crash.

The Forward Bloc MP said that after his release from jail in 1945, Netaji's elder brother, and his father, Sarat Chandra Bose had begun an independent investigation to conclude a year later that the Netaji was imprisoned in the Soviet Russia.

Quoting Sarat Chandra Bose's interaction with a US war correspondent Alfred Wagg, Bose said, "He was of the strong view that Netaji was imprisoned in Russia."

"Schnabel, a communist journalist from erstwhile East Germany, who had spoken to Netaji's daughter Anita Paff and wife Emilie Schenkl, was also convinced that Subhas Chandra was behind bars in Russia," he claimed.

In support of his contention that Netaji did not die in the air crash, Bose pointed out that Justice Radhabinod Pal, India's representative to Japan's War Crimes Tribunal, had also drawn the same inference after reviewing documents.

"More than 60 years have passed since Netaji's disappearance, but there is still secrecy surrounding it. Efforts should now be made to unearth all that now," he said.

Netaji's nephew also referred to Volume II of the Mukherjee Commission report which spoke of the lack of government support to the investigation.
Praising the Commission, he said, "It was very independent and unbiased, and we welcome its recommendations."

Asked why Krishna Bose and late Sisir Bose had given a version which was not in tune with the opinion of the rest of the family, Bose said both of them had written to the Commission saying they did not have any evidence or information on Netaji's disappearance.

"But surprisingly, they have all along been saying that they knew conclusively about Netaji's death in the crash."

First Published: May 27, 2006 19:16 IST