Lucknow: The Faizabad district administration on Wednesday opened the first set of boxes belonging to ''Gumnami Baba'', who many believe was none other than the revolutionary freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in exile, containing a number of vintage articles.
According to ANI, the Faizabad district treasury officials opened the boxes in the presence of a large number of curious onlookers who wanted to know what was there in the boxes and whether they actually belong to Bose.
The first set of boxes contains books and a typewriter among other relics.
Among other articles, which have been kept in the Faizabad district treasury, include binoculars issued by the German military dating back to World War II, British-made Empire Corona Classic portable typewriter and a vintage porcelain tea set.
Faizabad District Magistrate Yogeshwar Ram Mishra had earlier said that during the retrieval process, inventory will be made of each and every item kept in 27 boxes.
Mishra added that even the smallest item, artefact retrieved from the belongings will be photographed and video-graphed.
"Once the inventory of the items received from the treasury is done, a list of items will be handed over to the technical committee," the DM told the reporters.
He also exuded confidence that by March 31, 2016, all the items, artefacts, belongings of Gumnami Baba would be shifted to the Ram Katha Sangrahalaya.
Even after several decades, the controversies and various theories regarding Netaji's sudden disappearance and death continue to baffle millions of his followers.
While a DNA test conducted on the teeth allegedly of ''Gumnami Baba'' has dismissed claims that the Faizabad-based ascetic was Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in disguise.
Justice M K Mukherjee Commission of Inquiry also expressed the same views on Netaji's death.
However, some historians, journalists and researchers believe that ''Gumnami Baba'' was none other than Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in disguise.