How did freedom fighter Subhas Chandra Bose die?

Mr Subhas Chandra Bose meeting Mahatma Gandhi, with the Indian independence leader's wife Kasturba Gandhi in the background, at Birla House in New Delhi in 1938.
Mr Subhas Chandra Bose meeting Mahatma Gandhi, with the Indian independence leader's wife Kasturba Gandhi in the background, at Birla House in New Delhi in 1938.PHOTO: COURTESY OF ROLI BOOKS FROM THE BOOK LAID TO REST
Mr Subhas Chandra Bose meeting Mahatma Gandhi, with the Indian independence leader's wife Kasturba Gandhi in the background, at Birla House in New Delhi in 1938.
The golden casket in Renkoji temple which is said to contain the remains of Mr Subhas Chandra Bose. PHOTO: COURTESY OF ROLI BOOKS FROM THE BOOK LAID TO REST
The golden casket in Renkoji temple which is said to contain the remains of Mr Subhas Chandra Bose.
Mr Bose with his wife Emilie Schenkl in the town of Bad Gastein in Austria in 1936. They met and secretly married while he was exiled to Europe by the British. PHOTO: COURTESY OF ROLI BOOKS FROM THE BOOK LAID TO REST

Book seeks to lay to rest mystery over Indian National Army leader with links to Singapore

The mystery surrounding the death of Indian freedom fighter Subhas Chandra Bose, who set up a provisional Indian government in Singapore at the height of the Second World War, has persisted for decades but a new book is attempting to put matters to rest.

Citing nearly half a dozen investigations into Mr Bose's death, author Ashis Ray maintains in Laid To Rest: The Controversy Over Subhas Chandra Bose's Death that there is incontrovertible evidence that he died after a plane crash in Taipei on Aug 18, 1945 and his remains are in a golden casket in Renkoji temple in Tokyo.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 07, 2018, with the headline 'How did freedom fighter die?'. Print Edition | Subscribe