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Wednesday, September 27 2023

Was Netaji with Shastry in Tashkent?

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Kolkata: The mystery around Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s death only gets more intriguing with a forensic face-mapping report by British expert finding strong resemblance between Bose and a man photographed with former PM Lal Bahadur Shastri during Indo-Pak peace talks in Tashkent in 1966.


If the pictures are those of Bose, the two theories would nullify- one, that Bose died in an air crash in Taihoku in 1945 and second that he was executed by Joseph Stalin in 1950s.
The research team has urged PM Narendra Modi to press Russian President Vladimir Putin to disclose the truth during his visit to Moscow later this month.
During his meeting with the Bose family in October, the PM had said he would personally speak to Putin about Netaji files.

According to Neil Miller, who has presented expert opinion in cases at UK high courts and the International Court of Justice in Hague, the face mapping of the mystery man seen in the Tashkent “lends support leaning on strong support to the contention that the person seen in the picture and Subhas Chandra Bose are one and the same person”.
The face-mapping report lends credence to a claim made by Shastri’s kin that he may have spoken to Netaji during his Tashkent visit. Shastri mysteriously died of a heart attack in Tashkent on January 11, 1966. The former PM’s grandson, Sanjay Nath Singh, who was nine then, recounted that during a phone conversation barely an hour before he was declared dead, Shastri had said he would disclose something on return that would make the Opposition forget everything else, reports Times of India.

The forensic face mapping was commissioned by former Mission Netaji member and Dutch national of Indian origin Siddhartha Satbhai. The 36-year-old software professional, who had earlier highlighted the ‘Paris Man’ (an unidentified bearded man resembling Bose posing as a journalist in a group photo taken in Paris on January 25, 1969 during the Vietnam peace talks between the US and North Vietnam), sourced photographs and video footage from a variety of sources — British Pathe Online video archive, Topham Picture Point in UK’s Kent, RIA Novosti in Russia and Chughtai Museum in Pakistan’s Lahore as well as from the Anonymous Group—and had them analyzed by Miller.

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