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    Mission Netaji contests Italian envoy's views on his death

    Mumbai (PTI): An organisation researching Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's death on Tuesday criticised Italian ambassador Alessandro Quaroni's remarks that there was no point in continuing research on whether Netaji died in a plane crash on August 18, 1945.

    In a statement, Mission Netaji, the research unit said, there is a historical evidence which held Netaji did not die in a plane crash.

    Mr. Quaroni at the 112th birth anniversary of Netaji in Kolkata recently said, "I don't see any point in continuing with the research on whether he died in a crash or not."

    Mr. Quaroni is the son of diplomat Pietro Quaroni who helped Netaji escape to Moscow in 1941.

    Mission Netaji cited reference to a note preserved in the Princeton University Library which clearly quotes Mr. Pietro Quaroni as saying that he did not think the news of Bose's accidental death was true.

    The Mission's statement also refers to a note written by Mahatma Gandhi's biographer Louis Fischer who met Mr. Pietro Quaroni in Moscow in November 1946 and quoted him saying it was possible "that Bose is still alive".

    Mr. Pietro Quaroni had told Mr. Fischer that Netaji "did not want the British to look for him so the false rumour of his death was circulated and he may be biding his time for a return to India."

    V.P. Saini, convenor of the Netaji Subhas Kranti Manch, which is also researching Netaji's death has asked the Italian Prime Minister, in a letter, whether the ambassador was speaking on behalf of Italian government.

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