Ne­taji’s clothes were on fire, says co-pas­sen­ger in 1949 Taipei crash

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LON­DON: Habib-ur-Rehman Khan, the ADC and co-pas­sen­ger of Sub­has Chan­dra Bose, told a com­mit­tee that the leader’s clothes “were on fire” when their plane crashed in Taipei on Au­gust18, 1945, and burst into flames.

Khan, who sur­vived and went on to be­come Pak­istan’s ad­di­tional de­fence sec­re­tary af­ter Par­ti­tion, re­called the crash dur­ing his tes­ti­mony to the three-mem­ber Ne­taji In­quiry Com­mit­tee in­sti­tuted by the In­dian govern­ment in 1956. The panel was headed by Maj Gen Shah Nawaz Khan of Bose’s In­dian Na­tional Army.

His tes­ti­mony was men­tioned in the com­mit­tee’s lit­tle-known re­port, now re­leased by Ashis Ray, a se­nior Lon­don-based jour­nal­ist who has been post­ing archival and other doc­u­ments on a web­site to sub­stan­ti­ate re­ports that Bose did not sur­vive the plane crash. Bose’s rel­a­tives re­cently launched a fresh drive to pres­sure the In­dian govern­ment to de­clas­sify all se­cret doc­u­ments on Ne­taji so that the ques­tion of whether he sur­vived the plane crash could be set­tled once and for all.


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