Cuttack: After the Forward Bloc expressed annoyance at a book published by Lok Sabha Secretariat which stated that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose died on August 18, 1945, his grandson Chandra Kumar Bose has demanded that the mystery behind his disappearance be probed afresh.

Son of Netaji's elder brother's son, Chandra Kumar, suggested that more research be done to unravel the mystery. He also expressed displeasure over the rejection of the Justice Manoj Mukherjee Commission report by the Centre in 2006.

Justice Mukherjee, a former judge of Supreme Court, was asked in 1999 to find out whether Netaji was dead or alive; if dead, whether he died in the plane crash on August 18, 1945 over Taiwan; whether the ashes in a Japanese temple were his ashes; and to ascertain if he died in any other manner at any other place and if so, when and how.

Justice Mukherjee in his report had clearly stated that Netaji did not die in the plane crash, and the ashes in a Japanese temple were not his.

"Unfortunately, Justice Mukherjee could not get the required documents to do more research to find out what happened after 18 August 1945," Chandra Kumar who visited the
ancestral house of Netaji here at Odia Bazar on Sunday and paid tributes to the celebrated leader, said.

"So I feel there has to be some fresh research. May be a Commission of enquiry.... or an independent enquiry should be done to find out the truth," Kumar said.

Netaji's ancestral two-storied house has been made a national museum.

Like the reports of two previous Commissions of enquiry the Shah Nawaz Commission and the Khosla Commission, the Mukherjee Commission report entered into controversies and the findings were not accepted by the government.

Earlier, on October 17 in Kolkata, Forward Bloc general secretary Ashok Ghosh had questioned the booklet released by the Lok sabha on national leaders saying that they had no right to write that Netaji had died on August 18, 1945, when the government of Taiwan held that there was no such crash.

He had also said that the report of Justice Manoj Mukherjee, which found no evidence of Netaji's death, should be accepted by Parliament.

Agencies