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New Delhi:  Ten people died when a small Border Security Force (BSF) aircraft crashed into a wall near the Delhi airport this morning, killing everyone on board.

The plane was a Super King aircraft headed for Ranchi, carrying 10 BSF personnel– 3 officers and 7 technicians. The technicians lost contact with ground control, which reportedly led to the crash within seconds at around 9:50 AM.

“All 10 Border Security Force troopers have been killed,” fire officials said.

NDTV reported that the plane hit a wall and then crashed into a septic tank. The aircraft then caught fire, which has reportedly now been put off with the help of 15 fire engines.

BSF Deputy General DK Pathakhas said that it was too early to know the reason for the crash. He added that the Ministry of Civil Aviation & the BSF are conducting inquiries into the cause which involves technical details, and so, it will take time.

The DG also informed that in addition to what the government announces as compensation, each person killed in crash would get Rs 20 lakh from the BSF’s internal insurance fund.

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Subhas Chandra Bose Didn’t Die in an Air Crash, Suggests French Report

The French government has always been silent on the issue, adding more significance to the findings

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Subhas Chandra Bose and the mystery around his death
Subhas Chandra Bose with Mahatma Gandhi at the Indian National Congress meeting. Wikimedia
  • Paris based historian, J B P More, through a brief French secret service report came up with a finding that Bose didn’t die in an air crash and was alive in 1947
  • The French government has always been silent on the issue
  • The Indian government, supposedly ended the mystery some time ago, by replying to an RTI query

New Delhi, July 17, 2017: Seventy-two years since the report of the death of Subhas Chandra Bose, but the debate regarding the real timing and cause of his demise continues. Whether the plane crash story holds any ground or not, is still a mystery that is yet to be solved.

Three commissions were appointed by the government of India to resolve the deeply rooted mystery. Among them, The Shah Nawaz Committee (1956) and Khosla Commission (1970) concluded that Bose died in an air crash on August 18, 1945, at Taihoku airport in Japanese-occupied Taipei, whereas, the Mukherjee Commission came to the conclusion that he did not die in an air crash. Although the Government rejected the claims of the Mukherjee Commission, this did not refrain the scholars around the world to get deep into the case to find the truth.

Recently, Paris-based historian, J B P More stumbled upon a brief French secret service report dated December 11, 1947, at the National Archives of France. He came up with a finding that Bose didn’t die in an air crash and was still alive in 1947.

Also read: Personal life of Subhas Chandra Bose generates divisive views

“It is not stated in the document that Subhas Chandra Bose died in the air crash in Taiwan. Instead, it is reported that Bose’s present whereabouts were unknown as late as December 1947, which again implies that the French did not buy the theory that Bose died in the air crash on August 18, 1945,” said More, who teaches at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Economiques et Commerciales, Paris.

“But he escaped from Indochina alive and his whereabouts were unknown as late as December 11, 1947, as reported in the secret document. This implies that he was alive somewhere but not dead in 1947,” More added, quoting the report written for the “Haut Commisariat de France for Indochina” SDECE Indochinese Base BCRI No. 41283 csah Ex No. 616, under the title: “Archival Information on Subhas Chandra Bose.”

After Bose took off from Saigon on his way to Tokyo, the British and the Japanese too declared that Bose died in an air crash, but the French government always remained silent on the issue, though Vietnam/Indochina was a French colony during the 1940s.

Also read: 100 files related to Netaji declassified by PM Modi on his birth anniversary

Scholars have expressed their concern regarding the need for the findings in the report to be taken seriously. “Even though the Mukherjee Commission concluded that Bose didn’t die in an air crash, the government didn’t recognize it. The Centre’s idea to ‘declassify’ secret files on Bose may not help, But findings like this have significance,” said Kingshuk Nag, a noted journalist and author of the book “Netaji: Living Dangerously.”

Only some time ago, The Ministry of Home Affairs, India, supposedly ended the mystery by replying to a Right To Information query filed by Sayak Sen. MHA reportedly said: “After considering the reports of Shahnawaz Committee, Justice GD Khosla Commission and Justice Mukherjee Commission of Enquiry, the Government has come to the conclusion that Netaji has died in plane crash in 1945.”

Now, Paris-based historian J B P More, with his findings, seems to have given a new shape to this enigma.

– prepared by Samiksha Goel of NewsGram. Twitter @goel_samiksha

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BSF seizes 1,000 bottles of cough syrup on Bengal frontier

Ambush party tried to nab the smugglers but they managed to escape in darkness

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Border Security Force (BSF)
  • The BSF seized 1,000 bottles of cough syrup phensedyl worth Rs 1.16 lakh from West Bengal’s Murshidabad district
  • The ambush party searched the country boat and recovered 25 packed cartons containing 40 bottles in each carton, totalling 1,000 bottles phensedyl with face value of Rs 1,16,000
  • Ambush party tried to nab the smugglers but they managed to escape in darkness

 

Kolkata, October 8, 2016: The BSF seized 1,000 bottles of cough syrup phensedyl worth Rs 1.16 lakh from West Bengal’s Murshidabad district but no smugglers were arrested, an official said on Saturday.

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On getting information about smuggling in the Kakmarichar border outpost area, a special ambush party was set up and deployed and challenged a country boat which was moving towards Bangladesh on the river Padma, the official said.

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“Ambush party tried to nab the smugglers but they managed to escape in darkness. The ambush party searched the country boat and recovered 25 packed cartons containing 40 bottles in each carton, totalling 1,000 bottles phensedyl with face value of Rs 1,16,000,” said a Border Security Force statement.

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The BSF has strengthened its vigil operation on the border to thwart the attempts of smugglers and anti-national elements, it added. (IANS)

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Stone thrown from Pakistan side lands in Indian territory on Attari-Wagah joint check post in Punjab

The Punjab Police is also investigating the sighting of two balloons and a pigeon in the border areas of Pathankot district

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October 3, 2016: A stone was thrown during the otherwise lowkey Retreat ceremony on Sunday evening at the Attari-Wagah joint check post, about 30 km from here, BSF sources said. No one was injured in the incident.

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Even as the stone thrown from the Pakistan side landed in the Indian territory and a section of Pakistani spectators raised anti-India and pro-Kashmir slogans, the ceremony carried out by border guards of both the countries continued.
The sources said the Border Security Force (BSF) immediately sought a flag meeting with Pakistan Rangers but there was no immediate response from them.

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The BSF had on Thursday suspended the ceremony following escalation in tensions between both nuclear neighbours after the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) to destroy terror launch pads.
The Punjab Police is also investigating the sighting of two balloons and a pigeon in the border areas of Pathankot district.

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“Messages in Urdu were attached to the balloons and the pigeon in which India was warned on behalf of Pakistan-based terrorist organisations about terror strikes in future,” a Punjab Police officer said. (IANS)