New Delhi, July 1: An American intelligence report submitted to Indian government in 1978, which was probably withheld by the Indian government, concluded that there was no proof that Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose died in plane crash in 1945. Notably, the Mukherjee Commission was not given access to the US intelligence report that suggested there was no clear evidence that Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose had died in an air crash in Taiwan on August 18, 1945.

National Archives of India on June 29 made several files related to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose public including an American intelligence. The US report significant because inquiries into Bose’s reported death were first undertaken by the US military in South East Asia. The Indian embassy received the report in 1978 from US and S Sundaram, second secretary at the embassy, forwarded the documents to the External Affairs Ministry in New Delhi, reported Times of India. (ALSO READ: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose lived as K K Bhandari in Shalumari Ashram, suggests declassified file)

“A search of our files in the Intelligence Division reveals that there is no direct evidence that Subhas Chandra Bose was killed in an airplane crash at Taihoko [sic], Formosa, despite the public statements of the Japanese to that effect. Nor is there any evidence available to the Intelligence Division which would indicate that the subject is still alive,” said the US intelligence report.

There have been different theories behind the mysterious disappearance of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Earlier a British website released what it claims are eyewitness accounts of the day Netaji was reportedly killed in a plane crash in Taiwan on August 18, 1945.