Kolkata: Freedom fighter Netaji Subash Chandra Bose was “alive” and “somewhere in Manchuria, China” in 1948, one of his trusted aides, Deb Nath Das, had claimed then, according to the declassified files by the West Bengal government. Among the released dossier, file No. 22 sheds light on intelligence gathered by the Bengal government (office of the deputy commissioner of police), on INA leaders, including Das. An extract dated August 9, 1948, says: “Deb Nath Das, an ex-INA leader who is actively engaged in anti-Congress propaganda, is preaching in political and party circles that Netaji Subash Chandra Bose is alive and is somewhere in Manchuria, China at present.” “To rouse the curiosity and even belief of the people, he (Das) says that Netaji told him before the plane-crash that the possibility of a third world war would emerge in the wake of the second world war.” On August 22, 1945, Tokyo Radio announced the “death” of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in an air crash in Formosa (now Taiwan) on August 18, 1945, en route to Japan. But the crash theory has been rejected by scores of Bose’s followers and admirers and claims of the revolutionary leader resurfacing continue to intrigue and divide Indians over the years.
On the otherhand a “sensational report” about Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose exiting Singapore, leaving behind a sword, in a Japanese submarine and not by the airplane that allegedly crashed in Taiwan was investigated by the West Bengal government in 1969. The probe was handled by the then state home secretary and DIG Intelligence Bureau, as per a Netaji file recently declassified by the state government. The basis of the investigation was a letter that Samar Guha, a member of parliament, had written to the then West Bengal chief secretary M M Basu and spoke about the “sensational report” of Netaji’s survival. After receiving the letter, Basu had directed the state government’s home secretary to conduct a probe into the claims”.
“A sensational report about Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s escape has been published in ‘Jugantar’ on 6-3-69 on page 5 in which a police officer of the Government of West Bengal who served the Armed Force of the GOI at the time of war at Singapore, is said to have disclosed a hitherto unknown fact about Netaji. It was so far known that Netaji left Singapore by a plane for Taihoko in Formosa but the said policeman claimed from his personal knowledge that he instead boarded a Japanese submarine at Singapore with two Japanese officers at the time of surrender by Japan. He also claimed that Netaji left his sword with him which he brought to India with the help of late Air Marshall Subrata Mukherji,” the letter read.