Keeping their promise, a UK based website on January 16 released more documents supporting their claim that Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose died in 1945 plane crash.
The website called bosefiles.info released a series of documents from the night of August 18, 1945 which not only proved that Netaji died that night, but also gave copies of Dr. Taneyoshi Yoshimi’s statement giving details about the events that night.
According to Dr. Yoshimi, Bose passed away in the Nanmon Military Hospital soon after his plane crashed in Taipei in August 1945.
Yoshimi further said that while Bose was in the hospital, he told a doctor: “I feel as if blood is rushing to my head. I would like to sleep a while.”
For nearly 71 years the details with regard to Bose’s death has been been a mystery, with no substantiate reports being given by the Indian government on this regard.
The details all these years have been confined to archives, inquiries and interviews with few documents finally being declassified last year in 2015.
Bose’s family has been demanding for these documents for years and PM Modi’s government has finally agreed to release them from January 23 onwards on the occasion of Netaji’s 119th Birthday.
Though few these documents have been put up on a public domain (bosefiles.info), there is nothing to prove of its authenticity as the Indian government has so for chosen to remain silent on this matter.
The UK based website is run by senior London-based journalist Ashis Ray, who claims to have also interviewed Dr. Yoshmi back in 1995.
The proof about the authenticity of his claim can only come after January 23 release as it is expected to settle the question whether Netaji survived the plane crash or not.
According to Ray, during his 1995 interview, Dr Taneyoshi Yoshimi said:
“A lieutenant called Nonomiya told me this is Mr Chandra Bose, a very important person, and that I should save his life at any cost. That’s how I knew who he (Bose) was.”
Yoshimi further added that after observing Bose it became obvious to him his condition was sinking, and thus asked Bose what he could do for him.
With regards to Bose’s injury and identification, Yoshimi in a testimony to British authorities after World War II had said:
“When he (Bose) was laid on the bed (of the hospital), I personally cleaned his (Bose’s) injuries with oils and dressed them. He was suffering from extensive burns over the whole of his body, though the most serious were those on his head, chest and thighs. There was very little left on his head in the way of hair or other identification marks. As most of his speaking was in English, a request for an interpreter was made, and one was sent from the civil government offices named Nakamura. He informed me that he had very often interpreted for (Subhas) Chandra Bose and had had many conversations with him. He appeared to have no doubt that the man he was speaking with was Chandra Bose.”
Yoshimi had further added that four hours after his admission to the hospital, his condition had deteriorated and that he died later that day at 11 pm.
“After the fourth hour (following his admission to the hospital) he appeared to be sinking into unconsciousness. He murmured and muttered in his state of coma, but never regained consciousness. At about 2300 hours he died.”
Yoshimi’s claims has been backed by another doctor called Tsuruta, who was also interrogated by J G Figgess of the British Army in 1946.
Figgess’s report on Tsuruta testimony said:
“…..Bose asked him in English if he would sit with him throughout the night. However, shortly after seven o’clock (in the evening) he suffered a relapse and although the doctor once again administered a camphor injection he sank into a coma and died shortly afterwards.”
Ray’s claim about Netaji’s death in the 1945’s crash was also backed by another journalist Harin Shah’s work.
Shah had written a book titled ‘Verdict From Formosa’ in 1956. For his book research he had travelled to Taipei in 1946, and met a nurse called Tsan Pi Sha.
Nurse Sha had told Shah that she had looked after Bose in the hospital and added:
“He died here. I was by his side….. He died on 18 August last year (1945), (Subhas) Chandra Bose….I am a surgical nurse and took care of him till he died…..I was instructed to apply olive oil all over his body and that I did. Whenever he regained briefly his consciousness, he felt thirsty. With slight groaning, he would ask for water. I gave him water several times.”
She had then gone on to show Shah the ward and south-west corner bed where Bose had passed away the previous year.
At that point, Shah, wanting to be certain that Netaji had actually died had questioned her if she was sure , and she in turn had rebuked him and said “Yes, he died. I have told everything about it. I can prove that he died.”