Here’s what likely happened to Netaji

Charismatic Indian freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose is officially said to have died in a plane crash in August 1945 in Taiwan

His plane is said to have taken off from Vietnam, at the time a part of the region called Indo China

His ashes are said to be housed at Renkoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan

Many do not believe that Bose died in an air crash. Some say he survived and lived much longer

Some believe he escaped to Russia where he was caught and put in prison

Puducherry historian J B Prashant More in his book, “Bose And His Movement” published this year says Bose never took the plane from Saigon

He disappeared in Indo China which was until then controlled by Japanese

The Japanese wanted to help him disappear as they were surrendering after the atom bombs had been dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Bose would have otherwise been tried as a war criminal by the Allied forces – Britain, US and Soviet Union

Historian More says there is no material evidence to support the theory of the air crash death of Bose

More’s grandfather Leon Prouchandy was Bose’s close associate in Indo China. Prouchandy was Tamil

Prouchandy's family believes he was caught and tortured by the British, as he lost his physical and mental faculties and became unable to recognise anyone

More found that the British army head Douglas Gracey wrote to Mountbatten that British forces in Indo China had captured three Indian leaders

More says one was Prouchandy and the other must have been Bose

One French secret service document too talks about three Indian members of Hikari Kikan, a Japanese organization supporting Bose

More argues that Bose wouldn’t have remained silent about partition and Indian independence if he had been alive

It is most likely that the British had captured Bose in Vietnam and that he wasn't alive after March 1946

Another French document yet to be declassified talks about Bose and his government in exile. If that document is declassified, we may know the truth