There have been many questions regarding the ‘Mysterious’ death of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose since 1945. The initial investigations carried out by the British Army, the government of British India, the government of Japan, and the Allied Forces also reached to the same conclusion that Netaji suffered severe burns during the crash and later died in a hospital on the same day.
Now, a photo of Bose, holding a news paper doing rounds on Whatsapp with a claim that Subhash Chandra Bose is reading his own death news in an aircraft crash. The viral message reads as.
“On 23rd April, 1945 Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose is reading the news of his death in a plane crash in a newspaper.”
We also received a message on our WhatsApp number to verify the claim.
A Twitter user Ramen Roy Dakua shared the same message. Archived version of the tweet can be found here.
A Facebook page Healing TOUCH Physiotherapy Clinic posted the same message which reads
“23 শে আগস্ট 1945 সুপার এক্সপ্রেস পত্রিকায় নেতাজীর বিমান দুর্ঘনায় মৃত্যু সংবাদ প্রকাশিত হয়, নেতাজী নিজের মৃত্যু সংবাদ নিজেই খবরের কাগজে দেখছেন. Which translates to (On August 23, 1945, the Super Express published the news of Netaji’s death in a plane crash.)”
The post can be found here.
Another Facebook user আমি সৌরভ posted same message.The post can be found here.
A reverse image search of the image directed us to two tweets by Anuj Dhar. According to Garuda books, Anuj Dhar is an Indian author and former journalist who has published many books on the life of the freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. One of the famous books by Anuj Dhar is ‘Netaji Rahasya Gatha’, that has been published in the Hindi language. The books talk about the mystery behind the death of Subhas Chandra Bose and if he died in the plane crash or if he was alive and lived with a secret identity. The book has been translated from its English version ‘India’s biggest cover-up’.
In his first tweet, he gives information about the picture as “Subhas Chandra Bose reading Nippon Times (now The Japan Times), Japan’s largest and oldest English-language daily newspaper” Archived version of the tweet can be found here.
— Anuj Dhar (@anujdhar) May 27, 2018
In another tweet, he mentions “Original picture with some reimagination by @BiplabC2.” Archived version of the tweet can be found here.
Original picture with some reimagination by @BiplabC2.#Netaji #DeathThatWasnt #TheBoseMystery #Gumnaami @prosenjitbumba @srijitspeaketh @chandrachurg @PanickarS @koushikzworld @SayakSen6 @Sayani_Pandit pic.twitter.com/ep8T70g6Uj
— Anuj Dhar (@anujdhar) August 18, 2019
Conclusion: The viral image is morphed to show that Subhash Chandra Bose is reading his own death news.