On January 10, 1966, India and Pakistan signed the post war declaration in Tashkent. The date remains etched in the minds of Indians ever since, not for the the declaration but the mystery that surrounded around it. It was Subhash Chandra Bose, who seemed to have been alive after being declared dead in a plane crash on Aug 22, 1945.
On August 22, 1945,Tokyo radio announced the death of Subhash Chandra Bose in Formosa (now Taiwan) on August 18, en route to Japan. The theory of his death was met with suspicion by his followers and never accepted by his admirers.
When , India and Pakistan met in Tashkent to sign the post war declaration, people were caught off guard by a man who had a total resemble to Bose. The widely held belief about his death fell flat. Sidhartha Satbhai recruited UK-based Spectre Solutions Inc. to investigate the pictures and videos taken in Tashkent. The face mapping was done by London based Neil Millar who claimed that the man present in Tashkent had various resemblance to Bose. This report was completed in 2015.
While Indians may be divided on the death of Subash Chandra Bose, British intelligence also does not corroborate the story of plane crash. The classified files on the legendary freedom fighter and the founder of Indian national Army in japan are yet to be released by the Government. However the process has started but still 39 files out of which four are ‘Top Secret’, 20 ‘Secret’, five ‘Classified’ and 10 ‘Unclassifed’ are not in the public domain.
Also the family of Lal Bahadur Shashtri maintain that their father did not die a natural death and has been demanding the declassification of records regarding the same. His kin maintain that Shashtri was murdered. According to an article posted on Daily O that after the KGB found that Indian PM had been poisoned , they arrested his Russian butler Ahmed Sattarov and others and subjected them to severe investigation. The Author further states that there might be a Bose angle in Shashtri’s death. The story remains a mystery which continues to divide Indians.