Agartala: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday said that former President of Russia, Joseph Stalin, was instrumental in “murdering” Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and he did not die in plane crash in 1945 as is widely believed.

Addressing an event organized by Sanskritik Gaurav Sangstha at Rabindra Shatabarshiki Bhavan here, Swamy said that Bose had sought shelter in Communist Russia where he was later killed. “Bose did not die in 1945. It is wrong. It is a conspiracy of Nehru and the Japenese. Subhash Chandra Bose sought shelter in Russia and was granted asylum. Jawaharlal Nehru knew everything. Later, Bose was murdered there,” he said.

Swamy also claimed that British colonial rulers granted Independence to India due to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’ Azad Hind government which was formed in Singapore 75 years back. Recounting former British Prime Minister Clement Attlee’s visit to India in 1948, Swamy said that the British PM admitted that they realized it would be tough for the British if Indians, who were much more in number than the colonialists, took up arms against the Britishers.