Netaji couldn't have died in plane crash, claims driver

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Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose
Varanasi, Aug 11: The controversy over the death of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose once again came into limelight when a living witness close to Bose finally opened his mouth and claimed that Netaji couldn't have ever died in a plane crash.

Nizamuddin, a 107-year-old man who claims to be the driver of Netaji in Azad Hind Fauj (AHF), lives in Islampura, Bilariyaganj, in Azamgarh district. He claims to have spent four years with Netaji after joining the AHF in 1942.

Nizamuddin claimed, "How can it be possible when I had dropped him by the car on the banks of Sitangpur river near the boarder of Burma and Thailand about three-four months after the incident of plane crash?" Though he claims that Bose never died in a plane crash, he also confesses that he had no clue about what had happened to the "Respected leader" after he was dropped on the river banks.

He recalled his meeting with Swami, a close associate of Netaji, over 10 years ago. Swami was in regular touch with Netaji. According to the repatriation certificate issued in favour of Nizamuddin, Swami (full name SV Swami) was the chairman of the Relief and Repatriation Council, Ex Azad Hind Fauj and Allied Organisation, Rangoon. It was the only document Nizamuddin has with him that shows his association with AHF.

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