Netaji’s family, followers to commemorate Aug 18 disappearance without police p…
Family and followers of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose will organise a rally in Kolkata on Friday to commemorate the 72nd year of his disappearance although permission to hold the public event was not given by the Kolkata Police till 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.
Bose’s grandnephew and convener of the forum, Chandra Kumar Bose said, “It is unfortunate that the police did not give permission to hold the rally 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. We will go ahead and hold the rally without permission,” said Chandra Kumar Bose.
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. Now we have decided to go ahead. Let them take action,” said Ray.
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.