Lucknow, April 17: Amid controversies over Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's death mystery, his driver-cum-bodyguard once again revealed shocking information which may change the history of Indian politics.
115-year-old Colonel Nizamudin, whose real name is Saifudin, claimed that Netaji was alive in 1947 as he had celebrated the moment when India had attained independence on Aug 15, 1947.
Nizamudin overruled reports of Netaji's death following a plane crash on Aug 18, 1945. He also asserted that the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had kept Netaji's kin under surveillance.
During an interview with DNA, Nizamudin spoke about Netaji and their celebrations at the banks of Stang River in Myanmar (then Burma).
Nizamudin was quoted as saying, "When India attained independence, we all bursted in joy in Myanmar (then Burma). Netaji addressed us on the banks of the Stang River."
"He insisted that all of us should leave now for India and live like good citizens. He left in a steamer before instructing me to destroy all military records," he added.
Recalling the last moment he had spent with Netaji, the 115-year-old said, "Soon he left, but the British bombarded the shore, and my vehicle was destroyed. With great difficulty, I saved my life and reached Yangon (then Rangoon), to live with my in-laws."
Nizamudin currently stays in a village near Mubarakpur in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh. He claimed that CID in 1950 had detained and questioned him when he was loitering around Netaji's residence in Kolkata (then Calcutta).