Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose death mystery: Who was 'Gumnami Baba'?
Faizabad, April 14: As the mystery shrouds the death of the prominent Indian freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, there have been many reports that suggest the revolutionary and the founder of Azad Hind Fauz (AHF) spent his last days living in disguise in Faizabad, near Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh.
Here are few things we must know about Gumnami Baba alias Bhagwanji:
- Gumnami Baba, who had an uncanny resemblance with Netaji entered Uttar Pradesh via Nepal in the guise of an ascetic (sadhu) and started staying in Ram Bhavan, Faizabad, from 1983.
- He reportedly breathed his last on September 16, 1985 in Faizabad and was cremated on Sept 18, 1985.
What Anuj Dhar revealed in his book?
- "India`s Biggest Cover-up" by researcher Anuj Dhar mentions, "The rare black and white photograph shows the Vietnamese delegation led by their Nobel laureate leader Le Duc Tho at the first open session of the truce negotiations with an American delegation. [Interview: "On Bose death, Nehru committed the original sin"]
Nizamuddin: Netaji's loyal driver-cum-bodyguard
- In 2006, Nizamuddin, a 102-year-old man claiming to be Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's driver-cum-bodyguard claimed that the freedom fighter was not killed in a Taipei air crash in 1945, but died a natural death in oblivion, decades later in Faizabad district of Uttar Pradesh. [Netaji's 102-year-old driver claims he died naturally in UP]
Judgment: No Aircrash, No Death
- In 2010, Lt Manwati Arya had penned down a book called "Judgment: No Aircrash, No Death" in which it is mentioned that Bose lived as "Pardewala Baba" in Naimisharanya in Uttar Pradesh and as Gumnami Baba in Faizabad.
- Baba's rooms allegedly contained photographs of Netaji's parents. It was said that Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi knew all about him and the District Administration in Faizabad took care to ensure the Baba's privacy.
Justice Manoj Mukherjee believes Baba was Netaji
- Justice Manoj Mukherjee told filmmaker Amlankushum Ghosh that he "strongly believes" Gumnami Baba, the mysterious monk who lived in Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh, was Bose in disguise.
- "It is my personal feeling. Don't quote me but I am 100 per cent sure that he ( the monk) is Netaji", the judge had told filmaker.