Subhas Chandra Bose's daughter wants DNA test of Netaji's ashes in Renkoji temple

Anita Bose Pfaff believes that Netaji died in the air crash in Formosa (now Taiwan) on August 18, 1945, en route to Japan.

Updated: Jan 27, 2016, 12:52 PM IST
Subhas Chandra Bose's daughter wants DNA test of Netaji's ashes in Renkoji temple

New Delhi: Subhas Chandra Bose's daughter Anita Bose Pfaff wants a DNA test to be done on Netaji's remains kept at Renkoji Temple in Japan.

Pfaff believes that her father died in the air crash in Formosa (now Taiwan) on August 18, 1945, en route to Japan.

The secret files related to Netaji were declassified by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 23 January, the birth anniversary of Bose.

According to some declassified documents , the Indian government was “not inclined to favour” the bringing back of Netaji’s ashes kept in Renkoji temple, Tokyo “due to possible adverse reactions from members of Bose's family, as well as certain sections of the public, who refused to believe in his death in the plane crash in August, 1945”.

According to a confidential report prepared by the home ministry in 1977, the Indian embassy was paying the temple authorities in Tokyo Rs 5000 a year for the safekeeping of the freedom fighter’s ashes.