While the mystery surrounding the death of Subhas Chandra Bose continues, where the popular belief is that Netaji died in a Taiwan plane crash in 1945, CIA apparently believes that he was, in fact, alive until the year 1948.

According to a Hindustan Times report, a Forward Bloc which founded by Subhash Chandra Bose revealed that till 1948 CIA has come to terms that the revolutionary leader had died in a Japanese airplane. The report in the Forward bloc is available on CIA’s archives.

“In Bengal, the forward bloc, is divided into seven sections. The leader of the Forward bloc is Sri Silbhadra Jajee, who wants to consolidate a strong leftist group. Other important members are Sri Hemanta Bose and Sri Bimal Ghose. The Forward Bloc, which first emerged under the leadership of Subhas Chandra Bose, was continued after Subhas’ death by his brother, Sarat Chandra Bose,” the report stated.

It was only recently that Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s grandnephew and researcher Ashish Ray claimed he has “irrefutable evidence” to prove that Bose died in an air crash in Taipei Taiwan on August 18, 1945.

Ray reiterated the fact that the Japanese government had clearly stated in 1956 that he died in the air crash on August 18, 1945 adding that he was cremated in the Municipal crematorium.

“He felt Japan would not be able to protect him because it had surrendered. He felt although he might be detained in the Soviet Union, he stood a better chance of convincing the Soviet authorities about his mission to liberate India,” Ray said.

Earlier this month, President Pranab Mukherjee 18 unveiled the restored version of ‘Audi Wanderer W24’ car in which Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose had made his great escape from his ancestral home in Kolkata to Germany in 1941. Netaji had used this German made car to escape from his Elgin Road residence to Gomoh railway station in Jharkhand to catch a train to Delhi.