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Netaji’s family to commemorate Aug 18 disappearance, hold rally in Kolkata

Followers of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and members of the Bose family will organise a rally in Kolkata on Friday to commemorate the 72nd year of disappearance of the Indian National Army chief.

kolkata Updated: Aug 17, 2017 22:14 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose,Indian National Army,Mamata Banerjee
An archival image of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.(HT File Photo)

Family and followers of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose will organise a rally in Kolkata on Friday to commemorate the 72nd year of his disappearance. Permission to hold the public event was given by the Kolkata Police on Thursday evening.

The rally will be held under the banner of Open Platform for Netaji, an organisation formed a few years ago. Its members have been demanding the formation of a special investigation team that will visit Russia, UK, Germany, France, Japan, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan and Myanmar and re-examine evidence linked to Bose’s disappearance.

Netaji’s grandnephew Chandra Kumar Bose (right) addressing the media in Kolkata on Thursday. (HT Photo)

Bose’s grandnephew and convener of the forum, Chandra Kumar Bose said, “It was unfortunate that the police did not give permission to hold the rally when we asked for it for the first time although chief minister Mamata Banerjee believes that Netaji did not die in the plane crash at Taihoku in 1945. She even declassified the files on Netaji.”

“I personally met the chief minister at Raj Bhavan on Independence Day. I invited her to take part in the event. She said she would give it a thought,” said Bose.

Read: Netaji died in 1945 aircrash, says Centre in RTI reply; family demands probe

Chitra Bose, Swaraka Nath Bose, Jayanti Rakshit and Abhijit Ray - who is also the co-convener of the forum - are other members of the Bose family who will be seen at the rally.

Ray said the police initially asked the organisors to reschedule the event but the latter refused because Bose disappeared on August 18. “Later, they asked us to shorten the route,” Ray said at a press conference on Thursday afternoon.

Read: Govt sent 304 declassified files on Subhash Chandra Bose to National Archives

The forum also wants a mitochondrial DNA test done on the ashes - said to be that of Netaji - kept at the Renkoji temple in Japan. “If scientific tests prove that Netaji did not die in the crash, the Indian government should stop using taxpayers’ money on preservation of the ashes,” said Chandra Bose.

First Published: Aug 17, 2017 20:40 IST