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Pranab faces ire over Netaji report

The Defence Minister's car was forcibly stopped by protestors led by the AISB.

india Updated: Jun 19, 2006 01:27 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee faced mob fury in Kolkata on Sunday over the Government's rejection of Justice MK Mukherjee's report that Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose did not die in a plane crash in 1945.

The Defence Minister's car was entering the Taj Bengal Hotel in central Kolkata when protestors led by the All India Students' Bloc, the student's wing of the Netaji-founded Forward Bloc, forcibly stopped the vehicle.

They mob was 30-strong and police and Mukherjee's security personnel entered into a scuffle with them. Ten people were arrested after the incident, police said.

"You have to accept the report of the (Justice MK Mukherjee) Commission," the protestors shouted.

Mukherjee, who had gone to the hotel to attend a function of the Merchants Chamber of Commerce, was caught unawares by the protests.

Mukherjee later said the report had already been placed in parliament and "we wanted a discussion on the report but the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stalled the debate".

The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government rejected the Mukherjee Commission's conclusion that Netaji did not die in an air crash in Taipei in August 1945.

The Government, however, gave no reasons as to why it did not agree with the commission's findings. The Government also disagreed with the commission that the ashes in a Tokyo temple were not those of Netaji.

The one-man commission led by retired Supreme Court judge MK Mukherjee probing the mysterious disappearance of Netaji in 1945 concluded that Bose "is dead", but that "he did not die in the plane crash", and that "the ashes in the Japanese temple are not of Netaji".

First Published: Jun 19, 2006 00:13 IST

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