“I didn’t reveal this (Netaji’s stay in Faizabad) eariler as my revelation might have harmed our great leader
Courtesy: Abhirup Sarkar
RECAP OF WHAT NETAJI’S DRIVER SAID 10 YEARS BACK: GUMNAMI BABA WAS NETAJI
Let’s recap what Col. Nizamuddin , 116 years old native of Islampura locality in Bilariyaganj, told to The Times of India back in 2006.
“I spent four years with Netaji after joining Azad Hind Fauz in 1942. I drove a 12-cylinder car, which was gifted by the Malaya king to Netaji.”
“How could Netaji be killed in an air crash in 1945 when I dropped him on the banks of river Sitangpur near the Burma-Thailand border about three-four months after the crash.”
“It’s a rumour spread by politicians that Netaji was killed in an air crash. The fact is that he was alive at the time of country’s independence. However, I could not meet him again after our last meeting on the banks of river Sitangpur.
I did not know anything about Bose’s plan after he had dropped him on the river bank. No one could read his mind. I insisted on accompanying him further, but he (Netaji) told me to return and also said we would meet in independent India.”
“I am hundred per cent sure that Gumnami Baba was none other than Netaji. Swami ( S V Swami was chairman of Relief and Repatriation Council, Azad Hind Fauj and Allied Organisation, Rangoon), his (Netaji’s) right-hand man, had disclosed it to me. I met Swami twice in Varanasi and at the Mission Hospital in Azamgarh about 10 years ago. Swami was constantly in touch with Netaji.”
“I didn’t reveal this (Netaji’s stay in Faizabad) eariler as my revelation might have harmed our great leader, he could have been killed by conspirators. And I did not want any harm to Netaji. I heard that there was some pact with the Britishers that Netaji would be handed over to them dead or alive and that’s why he lived in the guise of Gumnami Baba.”
Source: The Times of India (2006)