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Netaji scholar seeks recall of Mukherjee Commission report


Netaji researcher and historian Purabi Roy on Tuesday described the Justice Mukherjee Commission report on the mysterious disappearance of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose as a "well researched" document and demanded its recall.

Roy, criticising a recent newspaper report which stated that a 60-year-old classified Japanese report had confirmed Netaji’s death in a plane crash in Taipei, said, "This report is an absolute lie. The report of the Japanese government had found its way into the public domain in 2002." 

Roy, who pursued the mystery of Bose’s death for two decades, said, "I will urge the central government to bring back the Mukherjee Commission report. The report is a well researched one and was compiled from all the primary sources.

The report will clear many confusions." 

Roy, who specialises in Indo-Russian relations and studied Russian archive materials on Netaji for 10 years, also demanded that the Netaji Research Bureau be opened to the researchers so that the mystery surrounding the leader could be solved.

"The NRB is sitting idle for several decades and is doing nothing. I will also demand that it be opened to Netaji researchers so that the mystery surrounding the leader can be solved," she said.

Roy, who is one of the few Indians to go through the noting on Bose in KGB files in Moscow, said that she was convinced that the leader had arrived in Russia after the "claimed plane crash in 1945 and possibly died there".