Varanasi: The mystery over Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose refuses to die down as a man claiming to be his driver said that he ferried him to Burma and Thailand border four months after the plane crash in which he presumably died.
The107-year-old driver, Nizamuddin, who claims to be a member of Netaji’s Azad Hind Fauj lives in Islampura, Bilariyaganj, in Azamgarh district.
Nizamuddin also claimed that he spent four years with Netaji after joining the Azad Hind Fauj in 1942.
According to newspaper reports, Nizamuddin said that he was sure that Netaji was not killed in the plane crash in 1945. "How can it be possible when I had dropped him by the car on the banks of Sitangpur river near the border of Burma and Thailand about three-four months after the incident of plane crash?" he wondered.
Nonetheless, he seemed to be clueless about what happened after he dropped Netaji on the riverbank. He claimed that he had insisted on accompanying Netaji but was commanded to return with a promise of meeting again in Independent India.
He also recalled his meeting with Swami, a close associate of Netaji, over 10 years ago.
Swami was in regular touch with Netaji. According to the repatriation certificate issued in favour of Nizamuddin, Swami (full name SV Swami) was the chairman of the Relief and Repatriation Council, Ex Azad Hind Fauj and Allied Organisation, Rangoon.
It is the only document Nizamuddin has with him that shows his association with Azad Hind Fauj.