Netaji Bose’s cremation records appear online

There has been a controversy for decades as to whether the account of the plane crash is true, despite two Indian government investigations concluding that is how Bose met his end.

By: PTI | London | Updated: January 21, 2016 9:55 pm
netaji, netaji death, netaji files, netaji files released, netaji death files, netaji bose, netaji files news, netaji bose news, india news On January 23, this year, the Indian government is slated to declassify a set of hitherto secret documents relating to Bose.

A UK website set up to catalogue the last days of Subhas Chandra Bose has released the evidence given by a Taiwanese official who claimed to have prepared Netaji’s body for cremation after his death in a plane crash in 1945.

The testimony, contained in UK Foreign Office file No FC1852/6 and dating back to 1956, is among the last few documents to be released by http://www.bosefiles.info set up to establish that the Indian freedom fighter died in the crash on the outskirts of an airfield in Taipei on August 18, 1945.

“Taiwanese official Tan Ti-Ti, who was in charge of issuing cremation permits in Taipei, together with that of other local officials, put to rest any controversy about the last rites performed on Subhas Bose’s body,” the website said.

There has been a controversy for decades as to whether the account of the plane crash is true, despite two Indian government investigations concluding that is how Bose met his end.

The proof contained in the Taiwanese police report sent to the British Foreign Office was, the file indicates, forwarded by the British High Commission in Delhi to the Indian government in July 1956.

Albert Franklin, British Consul General in Taiwan, wrote to the Taiwanese government requesting an investigation into the death of Bose on May 15, 1956.

In response, C K Yen, Chairman of the Taiwan Provincial Government, sent a detailed police report dated June 27, 1956.

This included an interview with Tan Ti-Ti, who said the cremation took place on August 22, 1945.

A Japanese army officer who accompanied the body told Ti-Ti: “The deceased was Bose, the Indian leader (on occasions he mentioned him as the Indian commander) who, proceeding to Tokyo on important business, was injured when his plane was involved in an accident.”

The previous day – August 21, 1945 – the same Japanese officer, according to Tan Ti-Ti, “submitted the death certificate of a certain Ichiro Okura.”

Yen clarified to Franklin that during World War II in the case of military personnel (Bose was then Supreme Commander of the Indian National Army) without family members in Taiwan, “permission for cremation was granted on the strength of a certificate from a military hospital.”

This appears to have occurred in the case of Bose.

The police findings based on a report prepared by Taiwan’s Department of Health said: “There is a register of cremations at the Municipal Health Centre (formerly under the Welfare Section of the Taipei Municipal Government) and the officers of the Health Centre are of the opinion that the entry (regarding cremating Bose) was made in the name of Ichiro Okura.”

Tan Ti-Ti confirmed that on the day of the cremation the same Japanese army officer “came to the crematorium in a car in the company of an Indian,” believed to be Bose’s ADC Colonel Habibur Rehman, who survived the crash.

Tan Ti-Ti asserted he and another person, called Lin Sui Mu, opened the coffin as the body had been “put into a coffin for conveyance to Tokyo but the coffin was too big for aeroplanes available at the time.”

It was, therefore, cremated in Taipei.

The next day (August 23, 1945), the Indian (Col Rehman) and the same Japanese army officer came to collect the ashes, Tan Ti-Ti added.

His version of events matches with Col Rehman’s statement recorded on August 24, 1945, which said “the body (of Bose) was cremated on 22-8-1945 at Taihoku (Japanese name for Taipei) under the arrangement of the (Japanese) Army authorities. The ashes were collected on 23-8-1945.”

On January 23, this year, the Indian government is slated to declassify a set of hitherto secret documents relating to Bose.

“I would be surprised if the Government of India files contradict anything our website has claimed,” said Ashis Ray, creator of bosefiles.info.

Bose’s daughter, Professor Anita Pfaff, who lives in Germany, has gone on record to say she finds the story of the air crash to be credible.

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    Abhishek Bose
    Jan 21, 2016 at 3:57 pm
    Mukherjee commission has already proved that no crash happened. Why is Indian express spreading rumors.
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      Arrow
      Jan 25, 2016 at 6:49 am
      Bcoz its The Congress EXPRESS
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        Arrow
        Jan 25, 2016 at 6:47 am
        The Congress EXPRESS not The Indian Express
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          Dipak
          Jan 21, 2016 at 6:11 pm
          Who runs this website ?
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            Nathan Sasolian
            Jan 21, 2016 at 3:39 pm
            This website may be part of congress and British spin machine. Take it with a pinch of salt.
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              J G
              Jan 21, 2016 at 10:49 pm
              The lie remains a lie Pt Nehru being maligned by the govt is exposed
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                BharatK
                Jan 21, 2016 at 10:32 pm
                Most controvesial media, that is called IE.
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                  BharatK
                  Jan 21, 2016 at 10:32 pm
                  Netaji Bose is immortal. A great atma/soul never dies.
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                    Baba
                    Jan 21, 2016 at 8:13 pm
                    Let GOI release netajis docs first n then there will be no ATCALBAAJIS by congress party SAMARTHAK news outlets like IE....
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                      manja mali
                      Jan 21, 2016 at 5:24 pm
                      Yup, Congress spin machine(mainly from UK) will try all tricks till Jan 23rd
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                        Paul
                        Jan 21, 2016 at 11:59 pm
                        He was a great leader. He is dead. Now leave him alone. There should be no more investigations. Raise a memorial to remember him if you want.
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                          masterji
                          Jan 26, 2016 at 6:53 am
                          where, please enlighten me
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                            Sham
                            Jan 21, 2016 at 5:31 pm
                            If this description is true, why all the previous Indian Governments have been holding back information regarding SC Bose. They have all through been suggesting that Indian relations with other countries will be strained, if this information is made public. It means, there is more to it than what looks at the surface.
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                              Sunil
                              Jan 21, 2016 at 9:21 pm
                              All efforts to save congress...
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                                Murthy
                                Jan 25, 2016 at 11:13 am
                                Why the cremation was recorded in the name of Ichiro Okura and not as Bose?
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