September 16th, 1985 - a mysterious Swamiji "Gumnami Baba" aka "Bhagwanji" died in Faizabad, UP at the age of 88. His followers (many of them ex-INA and hard-core Netaji loyalists) had for long claimed that he was Netaji himself - living incognito in the land of his birth.
The Government of India (GoI) that had always claimed that Netaji died in in an air-crash in Taiwan on 18th August 1945 showed undue haste in arriving at Bhagwanji's residence, locked and put away 2673 of his personal effects in 23 boxes in the Faizabad District Treasury where they lie till today.
Bose mystery investigator and journalist Anuj Dhar who submitted some of the writing samples from Bhagwanji's personal effects was told by India's most feted handwriting analysis expert -- former Additional Director of the National Institute of Criminology and Forensic Science, Dr B. Lal that the handwritings of Bhagwanji and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose did match. Dr. Lal supported his claims with his trademark thoroughness by providing a solid analysis backed by visual evidence. The Government-appointed handwriting experts (trained by Dr. Lal himself) rejected their mentor's report with a report that lacked both incisive analysis and credible evidence. They Government-appointed experts were later pulled up by the Justice Mukherjee Commission of Inquiry, the third and the last commission to probe the disappearance of Netaji, for their shoddy work.
Was Bhagwanji Netaji?
We may know the truth if the GoI declassifies 33 files it still is unwilling to make public 67 years after Netaji's alleged death.
For more, read Anuj Dhar's India's Biggest Cover-up, a brilliant piece of investigative journalism on Netaji's disappearance.
Let the truth prevail!