A classified file released by the PMO has reportedly revealed that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was alive and in Russia till at least 1968.
A report in The Times of India stated that Bose was in Russia when he had met Nikhil Chattopadhyay – son of revolutionary Virendranath Chattopadhyay – at Omsk.
The file contains an affidavit filed by Narendranath Sindkar, a writer and journalist who was based in Moscow between 1966 and 1991, that claims that Nikhil Chattopadhyay – son of revolutionary Virendranath Chattopadhyay, had met Bose in the Siberian town of Omsk, 23 years after he was apparently killed in a plane crash.
Filed before the Mukherjee Commission in 2000, Sindkar’s affidavit quotes that Bose was reportedly hiding as he feared being prosecuted as a war criminal in India.
“During the course of our conversation he accused Nehru of forcing Netaji Subhas Chandra to exile in the Soviet Russia. It was an exile because Netaji feared that he would be declared a war criminal with the connivance of Nehru. On his arrival in the then USSR via Manchuria, Stalin, Molotov Beria and Voroshilov consulted with the Indologists who advised Stalin to consult Krishna Menon in London through the Soviet embassy. Krishna Menon categorically asserted in favour of Nehru and urged Stalin not to divulge the information…,” TOI quoted Sindkar’s affidavit, enclosed in file number WI/411/1/2000 – EE.